Dictionary: EX-U'PER-ANT – EYE-DROP

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EX-U'PER-ATE, v.t.

To excel; to surmount. [Not used.]


Conquered; excelled.




The act of excelling.


For exsurgent, arising. [Not used.]

EX-US'TION, n. [L. exustus.]

The act or operation of burning up.

EX-U'VI-AE, n. [EX-U'VI-Æ; plur. L.]

  1. Cast skins, shells or coverings of animals; any parts of animals which are shed or cast off; as the skins of serpents and caterpillars, the shells of lobsters, &c. Encyc.
  2. The spoils or remains of animals found in the earth, supposed to be deposited there at the Deluge, or in some great convulsion or change which the earth has undergone, in past periods. Cuvie.

EY, n.

In old writers, Sax. ig, signifies an isle.

EY'AS, a.

Unfledged. [Not used.] Spenser.

EY'AS, n. [Fr. niais, silly.]

A young hawk just taken from the nest, not able to prey for itself. Hanmer. Shak.


A young unfledged male hawk of the musket kind or sparrow hawk. Hanmer. Shak.

EYE, n. [pronounced as I. Sax. eag, eah; Goth. auga; D. oog; G, auge; Sw. öga; Dan. öye; Russ. oko; Sans. akshi; L. oculus, a diminutive, whence Fr. œil, Sp. ojo, It. occhio, Port. olho. The original word must have been ag, eg, or hag or heg, coinciding with egg. The old English plural was eyen or eyne.]

  1. The organ of sight or vision; properly, the globe or ball movable in the orbit. The eye is nearly of a spherical figure, and composed of coats or tunics. But in the term eye, we often or usually include the ball and the parts adjacent.
  2. Sight; view; ocular knowledge; as, I have a man now in my eye. In this sense, the plural is more generally used. Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you. Gal. iii.
  3. Look; countenance. I'll say yon gray is not the morning's eye. Shak.
  4. Front; face. Her shall you hear disproved to your eyes. Shak.
  5. Direct opposition; as, to sail in the wind's eye.
  6. Aspect; regard; respect; view. Booksellers mention with respect the authors they have printed, and consequently have an eye to their own advantage. Addison.
  7. Notice; observation; vigilance; watch. After this jealousy, he kept a strict eye upon him. L'Estrange.
  8. View of the mind; opinion formed by observation or contemplation. It hath in their eye, no great affinity with the form of the church of Rome. Hooker.
  9. Sight; view, either in a literal or figurative sense.
  10. Something resembling the eye in form; as, the eye of a peacock's feather. Newton.
  11. A small hole or aperture; a perforation; as, the eye of a needle.
  12. A small catch for a hook; as we say, hooks and eyes. In nearly the same sense, the word is applied to certain fastenings in the cordage of ships.
  13. The bud of a plant; a shoot. Encyc.
  14. A small shade of color. [Little used.] Red, with an eye of blue, makes a purple. Boyle.
  15. The power of perception. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened. Eph. i.
  16. Oversight; inspection. The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands. Franklin. The eyes of a ship, are the parts which lie near the hawseholes, particularly in the lower apartments. Mar. Dict. To set the eyes on, is to see; to have a sight of. To find favor in the eyes, is to be graciously received and treated.

EYE, n.

A brood; as, an eye of pheasants.

EYE, v.i.

To appear; to have an appearance. Shak.

EYE, v.t.

To fix the eye on; to look on; to view; to observe; particularly, to observe, or watch narrowly, or with fixed attention. Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies. Pope.


Attracting the eyes.


The ball, globe or apple of the eye.


A glance of the eye. Shak.


In ships, a bar of iron or bolt, with an eye, formed to be driven into the deck or sides, for the purpose of hooking tackles to. Mar. Dict.


The popular name of a species of Euphrasia.


A clearing of the sight. Milton.


The brow or hairy arch above the eye.

EY-ED, pp.

  1. Viewed; observed; watched.
  2. adj. Having eyes; used in composition, as a dull-eyed man, ox-eyed Juno.


A tear. Shak.