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Main Entry: 1eye
Pronunciation: 'I
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English Eage; akin to Old High German ouga eye, Latin oculus, Greek Ops eye, face, Sanskrit aksi eye
Date: before 12th century
1 a : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight ; especially : the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull b : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows c (1) : the faculty of seeing with eyes (2) : the faculty of intellectual or aesthetic perception or appreciation <an eye for beauty> (3) : skill or ability dependent upon eyesight <a batter with a good eye> d : LOOK, GLANCE <cast an eager eye> e (1) : an attentive look <kept an eye on his valuables> (2) : ATTENTION, NOTICE <caught his eye> (3) : close observation : SCRUTINY <works under the eye of her boss> <in the public eye> f : POINT OF VIEW, JUDGMENT <beauty is in the eye of the beholder> -- often used in plural <an offender in the eyes of the law>
2 : something having an appearance suggestive of an eye: as a : the hole through the head of a needle b : a usually circular marking (as on a peacock's tail) c : LOOP; especially : a loop or catch to receive a hook d : an undeveloped bud (as on a potato) e : an area like a hole in the center of a tropical cyclone marked by only light winds or complete calm with no precipitation f : the center of a flower especially when differently colored or marked; specifically : the disk of a composite g (1) : a triangular piece of beef cut from between the top and bottom of a round (2) : the chief muscle of a chop (3) : a compact mass of muscular tissue usually embedded in fat in a rib or loin cut of meat h : a device (as a photoelectric cell) that functions in a manner analogous to human vision
3 : something central : CENTER <the eye of the problem -- Norman Mailer>
4 : the direction from which the wind is blowing
- eyeˇless /'I-l&s/ adjective
- eyeˇlike /-"lIk/ adjective
- an eye for an eye : retribution in kind
- my eye -- used to express mild disagreement or sometimes surprise <a diamond, my eye! That's glass>
- with an eye to also with an eye toward
1 : with awareness or contemplation of <with an eye to the future>
2 : with the object of <built the house with an eye to adding on later>
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\&\ as a and u in  abut
\&\ as e in kitten
\&r\ as ur and er in  further
\a\ as a in ash
\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
\g\ as g in go
\i\ as i in hit
I\ as i in ice
\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
\O\ as o in go
\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
\zh\ as si in vision
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