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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sight:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sight:


The word sight is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sight

What does sight mean as a name of something?

Sight is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: sights

  1. an instance of visual perception
    • examples: the sight of his wife brought him back to reality | the train was an unexpected sight
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic terms: visual image / visual percept = a percept that arises from the eyes
  2. anything that is seen
    • examples: he was a familiar sight on the television | they went to Paris to see the sights
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: display = exhibiting openly in public view
    • more specific word: spectacle = something or someone seen
  3. the ability to see; the visual faculty
  4. a range of mental vision
    • example: in his sight she could do no wrong
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: perspective / position / view = a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  5. the range of vision
  6. the act of looking or seeing or observing
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of sight: survey / view
    • more generic terms: look / looking / looking at = the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
    • more specific word: eyeful = a full view
  7. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

Alternative definition of the noun sight


  1. the ability to see
  2. something seen
  3. something worth seeing
  4. a device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
  5. [context: now colloquial] a great deal, a lot; [frequently used to intensify a comparative]

Specialised definition of the noun sight

Glossary of sports

a device on an archer's bow, on a pistol, on a rifle and on similar weapons that allows the user to take aim at the target (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / archery

a device on the bow that allows the archer to take aim on the target

Definition of the verb sight

What does sight mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sighted | sighting | sights

  1. catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
  2. take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic terms: aim / direct / take / take aim / train = point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

Alternative definition of the verb sight


  1. [transitive] to visually register
  2. [transitive] to get sight of (something)
  3. [transitive] to take aim at


  1. "Sight" is a horror movie released April 20, 2008 directed by Adam Ahlbrandt.
  2. "Sight" is a 2012 short documentary drama film written and directed by Thirza Cuthand.


Sight is a fictional character from the 2013 film Battle of the Year: The Dream Team.

Phrases with Sight

Phrases starting with the word Sight:

  1. Sight in
  2. sight gag
  3. sight bill
  4. Sight Read
  5. Sight word
  6. sight-read
  7. sight-sing

Phrases ending with the word Sight:

  1. At Sight
  2. in sight
  3. On Sight
  4. Eye Sight
  5. Far Sight
  6. gun-sight
  7. Old Sight
  8. long sight
  9. Near Sight
  10. open sight
  11. peep sight
  12. catch sight
  13. night-sight

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sight

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Google previewBasic Civil Engineering (2010)

by Gopi

Back sight (BS): A back sight is the first staff reading taken after setting up the instrument at any position.

Google previewTactical Small Arms of the 21st Century (2006)

by Charles Q. Cutshaw

The rear sight is a leaf sliding on a ramp; it has a U notch for aiming. There is also a night sight with an enlarged U with a fluorescent white spot. The rear sight is graduated in hundreds of meters marked 1 to 10. There is also a windage scale.

Google previewPractical Guide to the Operational Use of the AK47/AKM and AK74 Rifle (2015)

by Erik Lawrence

The rear sight is a flip-type Unotch, while the front sight is a cylindrical post and can be fitted with night sights. The AKS-74U has only a few differences from the basic AKS-74 assault rifle. The AKS-74U has a severely shortened barrel, with the ...

Google previewLectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (1832)

Chiefly from the Kectures of Dr. Blair by Hugh Blair, Abraham Mills

It begins thus: “Our sight is the most perfect, and most delightful of all our senses.” This is an excellent introductory sentence ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Sight, sīt,n. act of seeing: view: facultyofseeing: that which isseen:aspectacle: anobjectofespecialinterest: space withinvision:examination:asmallopeningfor looking through ...

Google previewA commercial dictionary: containing the present state of mercantile law, practice and custom (1804)

by Joshua Montefiore

-usance on Parts, zi 60 0lays date; oh London, at 50 days sight. — There- ate 15 days grace on bills drawn from the provinces, or from the colonies beyond the seas, and 6 days only on bills drawn by foreign countries.

Google previewBowhunter's Encyclopedia (1992)

by Dwight R. Schuh

Many sight pins are made of untreated brass, which is okay on the target range, but in the field, sunlight will reflect off those pins and give you a flare effect that makes aiming nearly impossible. Either buy a sight with painted pins, or dip the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia-dictionary and Reference Handbook of the Ophthalmic Sciences (1903)

Designed to Give, in Complete and Accurate Statement, and in the Readiest Form for Popular Use, the Orthography, Pronunciation, Meaning and Etymology of All the Words and Terms Used in the Ophthalmic Sciences by Robert H. Knowles, Rollin Henry Knowles

Ill Sight rest. A concave sphere will correct True Short Sight and the weakest with which the patient can see the distance letter will be the concave spherical lens to prescribe. 8HOBT 8IOBT WITH CORBECTION. 2. — False Short Sight is due to ...

Google previewA practical dictionary, containing concise, yet comprehensive schemes of the most necessary subjects; divine, moral, and literary. A new edition, considerably enlarged ... With a recommendation by Mr. Samuel Drew, etc (1823)

by William SLEIGH (Wesleyan Minister.), Samuel DREW

SIGHT; the sense of seeing. Though it may be impossible to prevent the decay of sight, whether arising from age, partial disease, or illness, yet its natural failure may certainly be retarded, and the general habit of the eyes strengthened, by an ...

Google previewFarrow's Military Encyclopedia (1895)

A Dictionary of Military Knowledge by Edward Samuel Farrow

Standing sight. 5 hits, of which 2 in the rest................ stroke, # 2 100 m. (110 yds.) Standing, with Stroke target.

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Quotes about Sight

The only true love is love at first sight second sight dispels it. (Israel Zangwill)
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Scrabble value of S1I1G2H4T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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