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At sight Explained

At sight at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Sight \Sight\, n. [OE. sight, si?t, siht, AS. siht, gesiht,
gesih?, gesieh?, gesyh?; 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. --Shak.

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
within sight.

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
harmless. --Wake.

That which is highly esteemed among men is
abomination in the sight of God. --Luke xvi.

8. A small aperture through which objects are to be seen, and
by which their direction is settled or ascertained; as,
the sight of a quadrant.

Thier eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel.

9. A 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. --Farrow.

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,
the opening.

11. A great number, quantity, or sum; as, a sight of money.
[Now colloquial]

Note: Sight in this last sense was formerly employed in the
best usage. ``A sight of lawyers.'' --Latimer.

A wonder sight of flowers. --Gower.

{At sight}, 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.

{Front sight} (Firearms), the sight nearest the muzzle.

{Open sight}. (Firearms)
(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

{Peep sight}, {Rear sight}. See under {Peep}, and {Rear}.

{Sight draft}, 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;

at sight at English (WD) Of Explained:


Prepositional phrase

Inter: en-PP » at sight
  • As soon as seen, or presented to sight.
    1. : payable at sight, to shoot a person at sight


      * on sight


      * Inter: seeCite » s


      * Inter: R:Webster 1913 » sight

    Translation: et » at sight
    Translation: ta » at sight