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a. The ability to see.
b. Field of vision: out of my sight.
a. The act or fact of seeing: hoping for a sight of land; caught sight of a rare bird.
b. Something seen: That bird is a rare sight around here.
c. Something worth seeing; a spectacle: the sights of London.
d. Informal Something unsightly or ridiculous: looked a sight after crossing the swamp.
3. The foreseeable future; prospect: no solution in sight.
4. Mental perception or consideration: We lost sight of the purpose of our visit.
a. often sights A device used to assist aim by guiding the eye, as on a firearm or surveying instrument.
b. An aim or observation taken with such a device.
v. sight·ed, sight·ing, sights
1. To perceive with the eyes; get sight of: sighted land after 40 days at sea.
2. To observe through a sight or an optical instrument: sight a target.
3. To adjust the sights of (a rifle, for example).
4. To take aim with (a firearm).
1. To direct one's gaze; look carefully.
2. To take aim: sighted along the barrel of the gun.
a sight Upper Southern US
A lot; much: We're a sight better off without him.
on sight
Immediately upon being seen: threatened to shoot looters on sight.
out of sight Slang
Remarkable; incredible: The graduation party was out of sight.
sight for sore eyes Informal
One whom it is a relief or joy to see.
sight unseen
Without seeing the object in question: bought the horse sight unseen.

[Middle English, from Old English sihth, gesiht, something seen; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sights - an optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument
bombsight - a sighting device in an aircraft for aiming bombs
eyepiece, ocular - combination of lenses at the viewing end of optical instruments
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
gunsight, gun-sight - a sight used for aiming a gun
optical instrument - an instrument designed to aid vision
surveying instrument, surveyor's instrument - an instrument used by surveyors
References in classic literature ?
The one will, at least, remove foul sights from before the face of man, while the other is only good to brew disturbances in the woods, by cheating the ears of all that hear them.
few sights with truer pathos in them, than Hepzibah presented on that first afternoon.
They are given to all kinds of marvelous beliefs; are subject to trances and visions, and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air.
Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his island bulk; the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale; these, with all the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds, helped to sway me to my wish.
When serenely advancing on one of these journeys, if any strange suspicious sights are seen, my lord whale keeps a wary eye on his interesting family.
In the corner to the left are the three musicians, upon a little platform, toiling heroically to make some impression upon the hubbub; also the babies, similarly occupied, and an open window whence the populace imbibes the sights and sounds and odors.
What a shame to our country that such sights are to be seen
Arrived within the wall, we found the usual village sights and life.
We traveled everywhere--years and years-- picking up smatterings of strange tongues, familiarizing ourselves with strange sights and strange customs, accumulating an education of a wide and varied and curious sort.
Her eyes devoured the trivial sights on the beach; her ears drank in the welcome murmur of the sea.
But, no Hundreds of people came to see the sights, and Mr.
To see Steerforth walk to church before us, arm-in-arm with Miss Creakle, was one of the great sights of my life.