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eye (s) (noun), eyes (pl)
1. The organ of vision that consists of the eyeball and the optic nerve.
2. The area of the eye, including lids and other accessory organs of the eye.
3. An organ of vision or of light sensitivity.
4. Either of a pair of hollow structures located in bony sockets of the skull, functioning together or independently, each having a lens capable of focusing incident light on an internal photosensitive retina from which nerve impulses are sent to the brain; the vertebrate organ of vision.
  • The external, visible portion of this organ together with its associated structures, especially the eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows.
  • The pigmented iris of this organ.
3. The faculty of seeing; vision.
4. The ability to make intellectual or aesthetic judgments: "She has a good eye for fashionable clothes."
5. A way of regarding something; a point of view; attention; watchful attention or supervision.
6. Something suggestive of the vertebrate organ of vision, especially:
  • An opening in a needle.
  • The aperture of a camera.
  • A loop, as of metal, rope, or thread.
  • A circular marking on a peacock's feather.
7. A photosensitive device; such as, a photoelectric cell.
8. In meteorology, the circular area of relative calm at the center of a cyclone.
9. Informal, a detective, especially a private investigator.

More about the organ of sight

The eye has a number of components. These components include but are not limited to the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, retina, macula, optic nerve, choroid and vitreous.

  1. The cornea is the clear front window of the eye that transmits and focuses light into the eye.
  2. The iris is the colored part of the eye that helps regulate the amount of light that enters the eye.
  3. The pupil is the dark aperture in the iris that determines how much light is let into the eye.
  4. The lens is the transparent structure inside the eye that focuses light rays onto the retina.
  5. The retina is the nerve layer that lines the back of the eye, senses light and creates impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain.
  6. The macula is a small area in the retina that contains special light-sensitive cells and allows us to see fine details clearly.
  7. The optic nerve is the nerve that connects the eye to the brain and carries the impulses formed by the retina to the visual cortex of the brain.
  8. The choroid is a thin vascular layer between the sclera and the retina that supplies blood to the retina and conducts arteries and nerves to other structures in the eye.
  9. The vitreous humor is a clear, jelly-like substance that fills the middle of the eye.

Invertebrates (animals lacking a backbone or spinal column) usually have eyes that are simple photoreceptors (ocelli), sensitive to the direction and intensity of light.

The higher mollusks and arthropods have compound eyes that form images. The vertebrate eye is a complicated spherical structure, connected to the brain by the optic nerve. It has an outer white sclerotic coat with a transparent front, called the cornea.

This is lined by the vascular pigmented choroid, continuous with the ciliary body and the iris in front.

In the center of the iris is a hole, the pupil, though which light enters, to be focused by the lens onto the retina. This is the innermost layer and it contains light-sensitive cells (rods and cones).

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(Anglo Saxon or Teutonic: in Old English times, eye was eage, which is related to a whole range of words for "eye" in other European languages; including, Greek ophthalmos and Latin oculus [with all of its subsequent derivatives])
(Latin: oculus used as a reference to "eye" to designate something that looks like or is suggestive of a person's organ of sight including potato "eyes")
(Latin: to close the eyes, to blink, to wink at [a crime], to overlook [errors], connive at; to be privy to [secretly knowing about]; to be tightly closed)
(Latin: horny, hornlike; horny [tissue] pertaining to the cornea, the horny transparent anterior portion of the external covering of the eyes)
(Greek: tear, tears; as from a tear-gland or the tear-glands in the eyes)
(number, search engine, eye actions, protector of the eyes)
(Latin: a tear, or tears [from the eyes]; as when crying, etc.)
(Deep-sea animals have made attempts to light their cold and dark environments by carrying their own lights on their heads and on every other conceivable part of the bodies; including their eyes and tails and the insides of their mouths. The light they shed is living light.)
(Greek > Latin: secret, occult [probable literal meaning is "one whose eyes are closed"])
(Latin: "little eye", a diminutive of oculus, "eye"; spotted, dotted; as if with tiny eyes)
(bound to sell and to be read; the ability to hear with the eyes)
(aspects of the imagination that are usually seen when the eyes are closed or images of mental thoughts)
(Greek: strabizein > Modern Latin: "to squint"; imperfect focus; eyes deviating inwardly, deviating outwardly, or one eye going to the right and the other eye going to the left)
(Latin: sides of the head near the eyes; temple bones)
Word Entries containing the term: “eyes
A teacher at school had to go to an ophthalmologist to get her eyes examined because she couldn't control her pupils.
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artificial eye (s) (noun), artificial eyes (pl)
1. A curved disk of opaque glass or plastic, containing an imitation iris and pupil in the center, inserted beneath the eyelids and supported by the orbitl contents after evisceration (removal of the contents of the eyeball) or enucleation (surgical removal of an eye); it may be ready-made (stock) or custom made.
2. A prosthesis for placement in the orbit of an individual whose eye has been removed.

Enucleation is only done under drastic circumstances such as to remove a malignant tumor in the eye or to relieve intolerable pain in a blind eye. Following enucleation, an artificial eye (ocular prosthesis) is implanted as a cosmetic substitute for the real eye.

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black eye (s) (noun), black eyes (pl)
Ecchymosis (skin discoloration caused by the escape of blood into the tissues from ruptured blood vessels) of the tissues surrounding the eye.
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bleary eye (s) (noun), bleary eyes (pl)
An older term for sore, runny, or watery eye with an associated lackluster appearance and, by extension, dimness of vision.
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cat's-eye (s) (noun), cat's-eyes (pl)
A jewel which has a stripe that is not bright going down the middle that makes it appear like the eye of a cat: Jason bought his wife some cat's-eyes to add to her precious rings and necklaces, for which she was very happy.
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crossed eye (s) (noun), crossed eyes (pl)
A deviation of the visual axis of one eye toward that of the other eye; or strabismus, a condition in which the visual axes of the eyes are not parallel and the eyes appear to be looking in different directions.
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see with one's own eyes
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visible with your own eyes *
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almond eyes
An elongated eye shape describing the tissue surrounding the eye itself.
languishing eyes
An expression of appealing for sympathy.
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