EYE, noun pronounced as I. [Latin oculus, a diminutive. The old English plural was eyen, or eyne.]
1. The organ of sight or vision; properly, the globe or ball movable in the orbit. The eye is nearly of a spherical figure, and composed of coats or tunics. But in the term eye we often or usually include the ball and the parts adjacent.
2. Sight; view; ocular knowledge; as, I have a man now in my eye In this sense, the plural is more generally used.
Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you. Galatians 3:1.
3. Look; countenance.
I'll say yon gray is not the morning's eye
4. Front; face.
Her shall you hear disproved to your eyes.
5. Direct opposition; as, to sail in the wind's eye
6. Aspect; regard; respect; view.
Booksellers mention with respect the authors they have printed, and consequently have an eye to their own advantage.
7. Notice; observation; vigilance; watch.
After this jealousy, he kept a strict eye upon him.
8. View of the mind; opinion formed by observation or contemplation.
It hath, in their eye no great affinity with the form of the church of Rome.
9. Sight; view, either in a literal or figurative sense.
10. Something resembling the eye in form; as the eye of a peacock's feather.
11. A small hole or aperture; a perforation; as the eye of a needle.
12. A small catch for a hook; as we say, hooks and eyes. in nearly the same sense, the word is applied to certain fastenings in the cordage of ships.
13. The bud of a plant; a shoot.
14. A small shade of color. [Little used.]
Red with an eye of blue makes a purple.
15. The power of perception.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened. Ephesians 1:18.
16. Oversight; inspection.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
The eyes of a ship, are the parts which lie near the hawse-holes, particularly in the lower apartments.
To set the eyes on, is to see; to have a sight of.
To find favor in the eyes, is to be graciously received and treated.
EYE, noun A brood; as an eye of pheasants.
EYE, verb transitive To fix the eye on; to look on; to view; to observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly, or with fixed attention.
EYE nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies.
EYE, verb intransitive To appear; to have an appearance.