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Pronunciation

A human eye.

Etymology

From Middle English, from Old English ēaġe, from Common Germanic *augon, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ekʷ- (eye; to see).

Noun

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Singular
eye

Plural
plural eyes or (archaic) eyen

eye (plural eyes or (archaic) eyen)
  1. An organ that is sensitive to light, which it converts to electrical signals passed to the brain, by which means animals see.
  2. A hole at the blunt end of a needle through which thread is passed.
  3. A fitting consisting of a loop of metal or other material, suitable for receiving a hook or the passage of a cord or line.
  4. The center of a hurricane or other such storm.
  5. A mark on an animal, such as a peacock or butterfly, resembling a human eye.
  6. The dark spot on a blackeyed pea.
  7. A reproductive bud in a potato.
  8. The ability to notice what others might miss.
    He has an eye for talent.
  9. A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.

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Verb

Infinitive
to eye

Third person singular
eyes

Simple past
eyed

Past participle
-

Present participle
eyeing or eying

to eye (third-person singular simple present eyes, present participle eyeing or eying, simple past and past participle eyed)
  1. To observe carefully.
    After eying the document for an hour she decided not to sign it.
    They went out and eyed the new car one last time before deciding.
  2. To view something narrowly, as a document or a phrase in a document.
  3. To look at someone or something as if with the intent to do something with that person or thing.

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