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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Sight


SIGHT, noun

1. The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view; as, to gain sight of land; to have a sight of a landscape; to lose sight of a ship at sea. A cloud received him out of their sight Acts 1:9.

2. The faculty of vision, or of perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes. It has been doubted whether moles have sight Milton lost his sight The sight usually fails at of before fifty years of age. O loss of sight of thee I most complain.

3. Open view; the state of admitting unobstructed vision; a being within the limits of vision. The harbor is in sight of the town. The shore of Long Island is in sight of New Haven. The White mountain is in plain sight at Portland, in Maine; a mountain is or is not within sight; an engagement at sea is within sight of land.

4. Notice from seeing; knowledge; as a letter intended for the sight of one person only.

5. Eye; the instrument of seeing. From the depth of hell they lift their sight

6. An aperture through which objects are to be seen; or something to direct the vision; as the sight of a quadrant; the sight of a fowling piece or a rifle.

7. That which is beheld; a spectacle; a show; particularly, something wonderful. They never saw a sight so fair. Moses said, I will now turn aside and see the great sight why the bush is not burned. Exodus 3:3. Fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. To take sight to take aim; to look for purpose of directing a piece of artillery, etc.