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intr.v. gazed, gaz·ing, gaz·es
To look steadily, intently, and with fixed attention.
A steady, fixed look.

[Middle English gasen, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

gaz′er n.
Synonyms: gaze, stare, gape, gawk, glare1, peer1
These verbs mean to look long and intently. Gaze is often indicative of wonder, fascination, awe, or admiration: We spent the evening gazing at the stars.
Stare can indicate curiosity, boldness, rudeness, or stupidity: The children stared closely at the creatures in the aquarium.
Gape suggests a prolonged open-mouthed look reflecting amazement, awe, or lack of intelligence: "The room fell silent when [she] entered, the three women by the hearth gaping openly at her as if she'd sprouted a third eye in her forehead" (Kimberly Cutter).
To gawk is to gape or stare foolishly or rudely: Drivers gawked at the overturned truck.
To glare is to fix another with a hard, piercing stare: "While one security guard glared beneath beetling brows, the others surveyed the world with studied indifference" (Christine Lehner).
To peer is to look narrowly, searchingly, and seemingly with difficulty: She peered at us through her glasses.
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References in classic literature ?
He was a goodly spirit - he who fell : A wanderer by moss-y-mantled well - A gazer on the lights that shine above - A dreamer in the moonbeam by his love : What wonder ?
Between the real landscape and its shadow in the water, there was no division; both were so untroubled and clear, and, while so fraught with solemn mystery of life and death, so hopefully reassuring to the gazer's soothed heart, because so tenderly and mercifully beautiful.
"Oh, yes," said the small star gazer, "I know as much as any of them about the style of sleeves they're going to wear next fall in Mars."
Most true is it that "beauty is in the eye of the gazer." My master's colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth,--all energy, decision, will,--were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me; they were full of an interest, an influence that quite mastered me,--that took my feelings from my own power and fettered them in his.
Yet it was with this blot, and not with the beauty, that the two gazers were concerned.
It was not until even the dusty cloud was no longer to be seen, that the gazers dispersed.
Again the crowd of members of the suite and street gazers
She was by no means sure that Antonio would appear as a coachman--this was merely a suggestion of her own; and the idea that he might possibly be one of the gazers, covered her with confusion: her blushes drew still more attention and admiration upon her; and we cannot say what might have been the result of her fascinations, had not Charles at this instant approached them, and pointing to a sloop they were passing at the time, exclaimed--
It was now my turn to be confounded; but the young lady, who had been busily patting the snow with her foot during our short sotto- voce colloquy, very opportunely came to my assistance by pinching her companion's arm and whispering a suggestion that his friend should be invited to step into the carriage and go with them; it being scarcely agreeable to stand there among so many gazers, and keeping their friends waiting into the bargain.
The loud noise the latter conceived it politic to continue, drew many curious gazers to the doors of the different huts as thy passed; and once or twice a dark- looking warrior stepped across their path, led to the act by superstition and watchfulness.
Today I am in Paris, tomorrow in Berlin, anon in Rome; but you would look for me in vain in the galleries of the Louvre or the common resorts of the gazers in those other capitals.
The palace place, encumbered with people, offered to the curious gazers at the windows the aspect of a sea; into which five or six streets, like so many mouths of rivers, discharged every moment fresh floods of heads.