beholding


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be·hold

 (bĭ-hōld′)
v. be·held (-hĕld′), be·hold·ing, be·holds
v.tr.
To see, look upon, or gaze at: I beheld a figure in the distance. See Synonyms at see1.
v.intr.
Used in the imperative for the purpose of calling attention.

[Middle English biholden, from Old English behaldan : be-, be- + healdan, to hold.]

be·hold′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beholding - perception by means of the eyesbeholding - perception by means of the eyes  
perception - the process of perceiving
contrast - the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
face recognition - the visual perception of familiar faces
object recognition - the visual perception of familiar objects
visual space - the visual perception of space
optical fusion, fusion - the combining of images from the two eyes to form a single visual percept
References in classic literature ?
The pleasure derived from beholding the scenery and the general aspect of the various countries we have visited, has decidedly been the most constant and highest source of enjoyment.
It is the difference between a wild and tame animal: and part of the interest in beholding a savage, is the same which would lead every one to desire to see the lion in his desert, the tiger tearing his prey in the jungle, or the rhinoceros wandering over the wild plains of Africa.
Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me?