Definition of Eye

Pronunciation: ī
n.1.(Zool.) A brood; as, an eye of pheasants.
1.The organ of sight or vision. In man, and the vertebrates generally, it is properly the movable ball or globe in the orbit, but the term often includes the adjacent parts. In most invertebrates the eyes are immovable ocelli, or compound eyes made up of numerous ocelli. See Ocellus.
2.The faculty of seeing; power or range of vision; hence, judgment or taste in the use of the eye, and in judging of objects; as, to have the eye of a sailor; an eye for the beautiful or picturesque.
3.The action of the organ of sight; sight, look; view; ocular knowledge; judgment; opinion.
In my eye, she is the sweetest lady that I looked on.
- Shak.
4.The space commanded by the organ of sight; scope of vision; hence, face; front; the presence of an object which is directly opposed or confronted; immediate presence.
We shell express our duty in his eye.
- Shak.
Her shell your hear disproved to her eyes.
- Shak.
5.Observation; oversight; watch; inspection; notice; attention; regard.
Booksellers . . . have an eye to their own advantage.
- Addison.
6.(Zool.) That which resembles the organ of sight, in form, position, or appearance
7.That which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty.
Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts.
- Milton.
8.Tinge; shade of color.
Red with an eye of blue makes a purple.
- Boyle.
By the eye
in abundance.
Elliott eye
(Naut.) a loop in a hemp cable made around a thimble and served.
- Marlowe.
Eye agate
a kind of circle agate, the central parts of which are of deeper tints than the rest of the mass.
Eye animalcule
(Zool) a flagellate infusorian belonging to Euglena and related genera; - so called because it has a colored spot like an eye at one end.
- Brande & C.
Eye doctor
an opthalmologist or optometrist; - formerly called an oculist.
Eye of a volute
(Arch.) the circle in the center of volute.
Eye of day
the sun.
Eye of a ship
the foremost part in the bows of a ship, where, formerly, eyes were painted; also, the hawser holes.
- Mrs. Barbauld.
Half an eye
very imperfect sight; a careless glance; as, to see a thing with half an eye; often figuratively.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
To catch one's eye
to attract one's notice.
- B. Jonson.
To find favor in the eyes (of
to be graciously received and treated.
To have an eye to
to pay particular attention to; to watch.
To keep an eye on
to watch.
- Shak.
To set the eyes on
to see; to have a sight of.
In the eye of the wind
(Naut.) in a direction opposed to the wind; as, a ship sails in the eye of the wind.
v. t.1.To fix the eye on; to stare at; to look on; to view; to observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly, or with fixed attention; to hold in view.
[imp. & p. p. Eyed (īd); p. pr. & vb. n. Eying or Eyeing.]
Eye me, blest Providence, and square my trial
To my proportioned strength.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To appear; to look.
My becomings kill me, when they do not
Eye well to you.
- Shak.

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