General English

  • noun one of the five senses, being able to see
  • noun the fact of being able to see something
  • noun something, especially something famous, which you ought to see


  • noun the ability to see using the eyes
  • verb to see something when it is a long way away


  • noun the act of seeing


  • noun a sense of confidence in one’s ability to judge accurately the flight, pace, and length of the ball, developed by a batsman as his innings progresses
    Citation ‘Once he has had a sight of the ball and judged the pace and bounce of the ball off the pitch, he should start thinking about scoring opportunities’ (Alf Gover, Cricketer March 1983)


  • noun one of the five senses, the ability to see


  • noun a device on a weapon, which is used by the firer to aim at a target
  • verb to see something for the first time


  • noun a device on an archer’s bow, on a pistol, on a rifle and on similar weapons that allows the user to take aim at the target

Origin & History of “sight”

Sight is a derivative of the prehistoric Germanic base *sekh-, which also produced English see. In the case of its Germanic relatives, German gesicht, Dutch gezicht, Swedish ansikte, and Danish ansigt, the notion of ‘sight’ has led on via ‘appearance’ to ‘face’.