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Definition: At sight
(s[imac]t), n. [OE. sight, si[thorn]t, siht, AS.
siht, gesiht, gesih[eth], gesieh[eth], gesyh[eth]; akin to D.
gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the
root of E. see. See See
, v. t.]
1. The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view;
as, to gain sight of land.
A cloud received him out of their sight. --Acts. i.
2. The power of seeing; the faculty of vision, or of
perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes.
Thy sight is young,
And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle.
O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! --Milton.
3. The state of admitting unobstructed vision; visibility;
open view; region which the eye at one time surveys; space
through which the power of vision extends; as, an object
4. A spectacle; a view; a show; something worth seeing.
Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great
sight, why the bush is not burnt. --Ex. iii. 3.
They never saw a sight so fair. --Spenser.
5. The instrument of seeing; the eye.
Why cloud they not their sights? --Shak.
6. Inspection; examination; as, a letter intended for the
sight of only one person.
7. Mental view; opinion; judgment; as, in their sight it was
That which is highly esteemed among men is
abomination in the sight of God. --Luke xvi.
8. A small aperture or optical device through which objects
are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or
ascertained; -- used on surveying instruments; as, the
sight of a quadrant.
Thier eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel.
9. An optical device or small piece of metal, fixed or
movable, on the breech, muzzle, center, or trunnion of a
gun, or on the breech and the muzzle of a rifle, pistol,
etc., by means of which the eye is guided in aiming. A
telescope mounted on a weapon, such as a rifle, and used
for accurate aiming at distant targets is called a
10. In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as
of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the
border or margin. In a frame or the like, the open space,
11. A great number, quantity, or sum; as, a sight of money.
Note: Sight in this last sense was formerly employed in the
best usage. “A sight of lawyers.”
A wonder sight of flowers. --Gower.
, as soon as seen, or presented to sight; as, a
draft payable at sight: to read Greek at sight; to shoot a
person at sight.
(Firearms), the sight nearest the muzzle.
(a) A front sight through which the objects aimed at may
be seen, in distinction from one that hides the
(b) A rear sight having an open notch instead of an
, Rear sight
. See under Peep
, and Rear
, an order, or bill of exchange, directing the
payment of money at sight.
To take sight
, to take aim; to look for the purpose of
directing a piece of artillery, or the like.
Syn: Vision; view; show; spectacle; representation;