Found 2 items, similar to Peep sight.
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Definition: peep sight
n : rear gunsight having an adjustable eyepiece with a small
aperture through which the front sight and the target are
English → English
Definition: Peep 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;
, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peeped
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. pipen, F. piper,
p['e]pier, L. pipire, pipare, pipiare, D. & G. piepen. Senses
2 and 3 perhaps come from a transfer of sense from the sound
which chickens make upon the first breaking of the shell to
the act accompanying it; or perhaps from the influence of
peek, or peak. Cf. Pipe
1. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp;
There was none that moved the wing, or opened the
mouth, or peeped. --Is. x. 14.
2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to
make the first appearance.
When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms
3. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a
crevice; to pry.
eep through the blanket of the dark. --Shak.
From her cabined loophole peep. --Milton.
, an adjustable piece, pierced with a small hole
to peep through in aiming, attached to a rifle or other
firearm near the breech.
Peep sight \Peep sight\
An adjustable piece, pierced with a small hole to peep
through in aiming, attached to a rifle or other firearm near
the breech; -- distinguished from an open sight
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]