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(sait) noun
1. the act or power of seeing. The blind man had lost his sight in the war.
2. the area within which things can be seen by someone. The boat was within sight of land; The end of our troubles is in sight.
3. something worth seeing. She took her visitors to see the sights of London.
4. a view or glimpse.
5. something seen that is unusual, ridiculous, shocking etc. She's quite a sight in that hat.
6. (on a gun etc) an apparatus to guide the eye in taking aim. Where is the sight on a rifle?
1. to get a view of; to see suddenly. We sighted the coast as dawn broke.
2. to look at (something) through the sight of a gun. He sighted his prey and pulled the trigger.
ˈsight-seeing noun
visiting the chief buildings, places of interest etc of an area. They spent a lot of their holiday sight-seeing in London; (also adjective) a sight-seeing tour.
ˈsight-seer noun
catch sight of
to get a brief view of; to begin to see. He caught sight of her as she came round the corner.
lose sight of
to stop being able to see. She lost sight of him in the crowd.
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References in classic literature ?
Sometimes he thought he would console his sorrow by looking at pictures, but he walked through the National Gallery like a sight-seer; and no picture called up in him a thrill of emotion.
Archer too would have preferred to escape their friends' hospitality: in conformity with the family tradition he had always travelled as a sight-seer and looker-on, affecting a haughty unconsciousness of the presence of his fellow- beings.
The door had opened as I turned, and an unmistakable detective had entered with two more sight-seers like ourselves.
Since early morning- despite an injunction not to approach the picket line- the officers had been unable to keep sight-seers away.
And strange, too, it is to stand on Primrose Hill, as I did but a day before writing this last chapter, to see the great province of houses, dim and blue through the haze of the smoke and mist, vanishing at last into the vague lower sky, to see the people walking to and fro among the flower beds on the hill, to see the sight-seers about the Mar- tian machine that stands there still, to hear the tumult of playing children, and to recall the time when I saw it all bright and clear-cut, hard and silent, under the dawn of that last great day.
'For now that the schools are gone, and the regular sight-seers exhausted,' said Mrs Jarley, 'we come to the General Public, and they want stimulating.'
When in luck he was able to make a tidy sum; but the shabbiness of his clothes at last frightened the sight-seers, and he could not find people adventurous enough to trust themselves to him.
'It's a pity he should break his neck himself, and disappoint the sight-seers. Show him a light.'
This was no time or place for explanation or discourse: we had already stood long enough to excite the wonder of the village sight-seers, and perhaps the wrath of the attendant bridal party; though, of course, all this passed in a much shorter time than I have taken to relate, or even than you will take to read it.
Keller and Burdovsky looked wonderfully correct in their dress- coats and white kid gloves, although Keller caused the bridegroom some alarm by his undisguisedly hostile glances at the gathering crowd of sight-seers outside.
Above the lines thus formed rose on one side the amphitheatres with their tiers of crowded benches, and on the other the long rows of carriages with the sight-seers inside and out.
Thus, tourist may be a sight-seer, holiday-maker, religious pilgrim, student or any traveler, who is in the capacity of a consumer and not a producer.