hagioscope


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hag·i·o·scope

 (hăg′ē-ə-skōp′, hā′jē-)
n.
A small opening in an interior wall of a church, enabling those in the transept to view the main altar.

hag′i·o·scop′ic (-skŏp′ĭk) adj.
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hagioscope

(ˈhæɡɪəˌskəʊp)
n
(Architecture) architect another name for squint6
hagioscopic adj
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squint

(skwɪnt)

v.i.
1. to look with the eyes partly closed.
2. to be affected with strabismus; be cross-eyed.
3. to look or glance obliquely or sidewise; look askance.
4. to make or have an indirect reference or bearing (usu. fol. by toward, at, etc.).
v.t.
5. to cause to squint.
n.
6. an act or instance of squinting.
7. a condition of the eye consisting in noncoincidence of the optic axes; strabismus.
8. a quick glance.
9. an indirect reference, inclination, or tendency.
10. Also called hagioscope. (in a church) a small opening in a wall giving a view of the altar.
adj.
11. looking obliquely or with a side glance; looking askance.
12. (of the eyes) affected with strabismus.
[1350–1400; Middle English; aph. variant of asquint to one side, askance]
squint′er, n.
squint′ing•ly, adv.
squint′y, adj.
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Leahy's work has previously appeared in journals and in two chapbooks, Turns about a Point and Hagioscope. In Constituents of Matter she uses science as metaphor, which results in emotionally intense poetry with an edge.
Anna Leahy's poetry collection Hagioscope was winner of the Sow's Ear Press Competition.