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eye

  
[1]  
      n  
1    the organ of sight of animals, containing light-sensitive cells associated with nerve fibres, so that light entering the eye is converted to nervous impulses that reach the brain. In man and other vertebrates the iris controls the amount of light entering the eye and the lens focuses the light onto the retina  
   Related adjs       ocular       oculate       ophthalmic       optic  
2    often pl   the ability to see; sense of vision  
weak eyes     
3    the visible external part of an eye, often including the area around it  
heavy-lidded eyes, piercing eyes     
4    a look, glance, expression, or gaze  
a stern eye     
5    a sexually inviting or provocative look (esp. in the phrases give (someone) the (glad) eye, make eyes at)  
6    attention or observation (often in the phrases catch someone's eye, keep an eye on, cast an eye over)  
7    ability to recognize, judge, or appreciate  
an eye for antiques     
8    often pl   opinion, judgment, point of view, or authority  
in the eyes of the law     
9    a structure or marking having the appearance of an eye, such as the bud on a twig or potato tuber or a spot on a butterfly wing  
10    a small loop or hole, as at one end of a needle  
11    a small area of low pressure and calm in the centre of a tornado  
12       See       photocell  
13    Informal      See       private eye  
14    all eyes  
Informal   acutely vigilant or observant  
the children were all eyes     
15    (all) my eye  
Informal   rubbish; nonsense  
16    an eye for an eye   retributive or vengeful justice; retaliation  
17    cut one's eye after, at, or on (someone)     (Caribbean)   to look rudely at (a person) and then turn one's face away sharply while closing one's eyes: a gesture of contempt  
18      (N.Z.)  
eyes out   with every possible effort  
he went at the job eyes out     
19    get one's eye in     (Chiefly sport)   to become accustomed to the conditions, light, etc., with a consequent improvement in one's performance  
20    half an eye         
a    a modicum of perceptiveness  
anyone with half an eye can see she's in love     
b    continuing unobtrusive observation or awareness  
the dog had half an eye on the sheep     
21    have eyes for   to be interested in  
she has eyes only for him     
22    in one's mind's eye   pictured within the mind; imagined or remembered vividly  
23    in the public eye   exposed to public curiosity or publicity  
24    keep an eye open or out (for)   to watch with special attention (for)  
25    keep one's eyes peeled (or skinned)   to watch vigilantly (for)  
26    look (someone) in the eye   to look openly and without shame or embarrassment at  
27    make (sheep's) eyes (at)  
Old-fashioned   to ogle amorously  
28    more than meets the eye   hidden motives, meaning, or facts  
29    pick the eyes out (of)     (Austral. and N.Z)   to select the best parts or pieces (of)  
30    see eye to eye (with)   to agree (with)  
31    set, lay, or clap eyes on   usually used with a negative   to see  
she had never laid eyes on him before     
32    the eye of the wind     (Nautical)   the direction from which the wind is blowing  
33    turn a blind eye to or close one's eyes to   to pretend not to notice or ignore deliberately  
34    up to one's eyes (in)   extremely busy (with)  
35    with a ... eye   in a ... manner  
he regards our success with a jealous eye     
36    with or having an eye to   prep  
a    regarding; with reference to  
with an eye to one's own interests     
b    with the intention or purpose of  
with an eye to reaching agreement     
37    with one's eyes open   in the full knowledge of all relevant facts  
38    with one's eyes shut  
a    with great ease, esp. as a result of thorough familiarity  
I could drive home with my eyes shut     
b    without being aware of all the facts  
      vb   , eyes, eyeing, eying, eyed   tr  
39    to look at carefully or warily  
40      (Also)    eye up   to look at in a manner indicating sexual interest; ogle,   (See also)        eyes  
     (Old English eage; related to Old Norse auga, Old High German ouga, Sanskrit aksi)  
  eyeless      adj  
  eyelike      adj  
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half  
      n   pl   , halves  
1   
a    either of two equal or corresponding parts that together comprise a whole  
b    a quantity equalling such a part  
half a dozen     
2    half a pint, esp. of beer  
3      (Scot)   a small drink of spirits, esp. whisky  
4      (Football, hockey, etc.)   the half of the pitch regarded as belonging to one team  
5      (Golf)   an equal score on a hole or round with an opponent  
6    (in various games) either of two periods of play separated by an interval (the first half and second half)  
7    a half-price ticket on a bus, train, etc.  
8       short for       half-hour  
9       short for       halfpenny       1  
10      (Sport)      short for       halfback  
11    Obsolete   a half-year period  
12    better half  
Humorous   a person's wife or husband  
13    by half   by an excessive amount or to an excessive degree  
he's too arrogant by half     
14    by halves   used with a negative   without being thorough or exhaustive  
we don't do things by halves     
15    go halves   often foll by: on, in, etc.  
a    to share the expenses (of something with one other person)  
b    to share the whole amount (of something with another person)  
to go halves on an orange     
      determiner  
16   
a    being a half or approximately a half  
half the kingdom     
b    (as pronoun; functioning as sing or pl)  
half of them came     
      adj  
17    not perfect or complete; partial  
he only did a half job on it     
      adv  
18    to the amount or extent of a half  
19    to a great amount or extent  
20    partially; to an extent  
21    half two, etc.  
Informal   30 minutes after two o'clock  
22    have half a mind to   to have the intention of  
23    not half  
Informal  
a    not in any way  
he's not half clever enough     
b      (Brit)   really; very; indeed  
he isn't half stupid     
c    certainly; yes, indeed,   (Related prefixes)        bi-       demi-       hemi-       semi-  
     (Old English healf; related to Old Norse halfr, Old High German halb, Dutch half)  


better half  
      n  
Humorous   one's spouse  
centre half   , centre back  
      n     (Soccer)   a defender who plays in the middle of the defence  
fly half  
      n     (Rugby)      another name for       stand-off half  
half-a-crown  
      n      another name for a       half-crown  
half-a-dollar  
      n     (Brit)  
slang      another name for a       half-crown  
half-and-half  
      n  
1    a mixture of half one thing and half another thing  
2    a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild  
      adj  
3    of half one thing and half another thing  
      adv  
4    in two equal parts  
half-assed  
      adj     (U.S. and Canadian)  
slang  
1    incompetent; inept  
2    lacking efficiency or organization  
half-baked  
      adj  
1    insufficiently baked  
2    Informal   foolish; stupid  
3    Informal   poorly planned or conceived  
half-ball  
      n  
a    a contact in billiards, etc., in which the player aims through the centre of the cue ball to the edge of the object ball, so that half the object ball is covered  
b    (as modifier)  
a half-ball stroke     
half-binding  
      n   a type of hardback bookbinding in which the spine and corners are bound in one material, such as leather, and the sides in another, such as cloth  
half-blood  
      n  
1   
a    the relationship between individuals having only one parent in common  
b    an individual having such a relationship  
2       a less common name for a       half-breed  
3    a half-blooded domestic animal  
half-blooded  
      adj  
1    being related to another individual through only one parent  
2    having parents of different races  
3    (of a domestic animal) having only one parent of known pedigree  
half-blue  
      n   (at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a sportsman who substitutes for a full blue or who represents the university in a minor sport  
   Compare       blue       4  
half board  
      n  
a    the daily provision by a hotel of bed, breakfast, and one main meal  
b    (as modifier)  
half-board accommodation        (Also called)    demi-pension  
half-board  
      n   a manoeuvre by a sailing ship enabling it to gain distance to windward by luffing up into the wind  
half-boot  
      n   a boot reaching to the midcalf  
half-bound  
      adj   (of a book) having a half-binding  
half-breed  
      n  
1    Often offensive   a person whose parents are of different races, esp. the offspring of a White person and an American Indian  
      adj     (also)   
  half-bred  
2    of, relating to, or designating offspring of people or animals of different races or breeds  
half-brother  
      n   the son of either of one's parents by another partner  
half-butt  
      n   a snooker cue longer than an ordinary cue  
half-caste  
      n  
1    a person having parents of different races, esp. the offspring of a European and an Indian  
      adj  
2    of, relating to, or designating such a person  
half-cock  
      n  
1    on a single-action firearm, a halfway position in which the hammer can be set for safety; in this position the trigger is cocked by the hammer which cannot reach the primer to fire the weapon  
2    go off at half-cock or half-cocked  
a    to fail as a result of inadequate preparation or premature starting  
b    to act or function prematurely  
half-cocked  
      adj   (of a firearm) at half-cock  
half-crown  
      n   a British silver or cupronickel coin worth two shillings and sixpence (now equivalent to 12½p), taken out of circulation in 1970,   (Also called)    half-a-crown  
half-day  
      n   a day when one works only in the morning or only in the afternoon  
half-dead  
      adj     (Brit)  
informal   very tired  
half-dollar  
      n   (in the U.S.) a 50-cent piece  
half eagle  
      n   a former U.S. gold coin worth five dollars  
half-forward  
      n     (Australian Rules football)   any of three forwards positioned between the centre line and the forward line  
half frame  
      n  
a    a photograph taking up half the normal area of a frame on a particular film, taken esp. on 35-millimetre film  
b    (as modifier)  
a half-frame camera     
half gainer  
      n   a type of dive in which the diver completes a half backward somersault to enter the water headfirst facing the diving board  
   Compare       gainer  
half-hardy  
      adj   (of a cultivated plant) able to survive out of doors except during severe frost  
half-hearted  
      adj   without enthusiasm or determination  
  half-heartedly      adv  
  half-heartedness      n  
half-hitch  
      n   a knot made by passing the end of a piece of rope around itself and through the loop thus made  
half holiday  
      n   a day of which either the morning or the afternoon is a holiday  
half-hour  
      n  
1   
a    a period of 30 minutes  
b    (as modifier)  
a half-hour stint     
2   
a    the point of time 30 minutes after the beginning of an hour  
b    (as modifier)  
a half-hour chime     
  half-hourly      adv, adj  
half-hunter  
      n   a watch with a hinged lid in which a small circular opening or crystal allows the approximate time to be read  
   See       hunter       5  
half-inch  
      n  
1    a measure of length approximately equivalent to 13 millimetres  
      vb  
2    Slang, old-fashioned   to steal  
     (sense 2: from rhyming slang for pinch)  
half-jack  
      n     (S. African)  
informal   a flat pocket-sized bottle of alcohol  
     (C20 jack, probably from C16 jack a leather-covered vessel, from Old French jaque, of uncertain origin)  
half landing  
      n   a landing halfway up a flight of stairs  
half-leather  
      n   a type of half-binding in which the backs and corners of a book are bound in leather  
half-length  
      adj  
1    (of a portrait) showing only the body from the waist up and including the hands  
2    of half the entire or original length  
      n  
3    a half-length portrait  
half-life  
      n  
1    the time taken for half of the atoms in a radioactive material to undergo decay.,   (Symbol)    τ
2    the time required for half of a quantity of radioactive material absorbed by a living tissue or organism to be naturally eliminated (biological half-life) or removed by both elimination and decay (effective half-life)  
half-light  
      n   a dim light, as at dawn or dusk  
half-marathon  
      n   a race on foot of 13 miles 352 yards (21.243 kilometres)  
half-mast  
      n  
1    the lower than normal position to which a flag is lowered on a mast as a sign of mourning or distress  
      vb  
2    tr   to put (a flag) in this position  
half measure  
      n   often pl   an inadequate measure  
half-miler  
      n   a runner who specializes in running races over half a mile  
half-moon  
      n  
1    the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated  
2    the time at which a half-moon occurs  
3   
a    something shaped like a half-moon  
b    (as modifier)  
half-moon spectacles     
4      (Anatomy)      a nontechnical name for       lunula  
half-mourning  
      n   dark grey clothes worn by some during a period after full formal mourning  
half-nelson  
      n   a wrestling hold in which a wrestler places an arm under one of his opponent's arms from behind and exerts pressure with his palm on the back of his opponent's neck  
   Compare       full nelson  
half-note  
      n      the usual U.S. and Canadian name for       minim       2  
half-open  
      adj     (Chess)   (of a file) having a pawn or pawns of only one colour on it  
half-p  
      n   pl   , -ps      an informal name for a       halfpenny       1  
half-pedalling  
      n   a technique of piano playing in which the sustaining pedal is raised and immediately depressed thus allowing the lower strings to continue sounding  
half-pie  
      adj      the N.Z. term for       half-baked       3  
     (from Maori pai good)  
half-plate  
      n     (Photog)   a size of plate measuring 6½x4¼ inches  
half-price  
      adj  
      adv   for half the normal price  
children go half-price     
half-quartern  
      n     (Brit)   a loaf having a weight, when baked, of 800 g  
half-rhyme  
      n   a rhyme in which the vowel sounds are not identical, such as years and yours  
   See       consonance       2  
half-round chisel  
      n   a cold chisel with a semicircular cutting edge used for making narrow channels  
half-round file  
      n     (Engineering)   a file having a semicircular cross-section  
half seas over  
      adj     (Brit)  
informal   drunk  
half-section  
      n     (Engineering)   a scale drawing of a section through a symmetrical object that shows only half the object  
half-silvered  
      adj   (of a mirror) having an incomplete reflective coating, so that half the incident light is reflected and half transmitted: used in optical instruments and two-way mirrors  
half-sister  
      n   the daughter of either of one's parents by another partner  
half-size  
      n   any size, esp. in clothing, that is halfway between two sizes  
half-slip  
      n   a woman's topless slip that hangs from the waist,   (Also called)    waist-slip  
half-sole  
      n  
1    a sole from the shank of a shoe to the toe  
      vb  
2    tr   to replace the half-sole of (a shoe)  
half-step  
      n     (Music)     (U.S. and Canadian)      another word for       semitone  
half term  
      n     (Brit. education)  
a    a short holiday midway through an academic term  
b    (as modifier)  
a half-term holiday     
half-tide  
      n   the state of the tide between flood and ebb  
half-timbered   , half-timber  
      adj   (of a building, wall, etc.) having an exposed timber framework filled with brick, stone, or plastered laths, as in Tudor architecture  
  half-timbering      n  
half-time  
      n     (Sport)  
a    a rest period between the two halves of a game  
b    (as modifier)  
the half-time score     
half-title  
      n  
1    the short title of a book as printed on the right-hand page preceding the title page  
2    a title on a separate page preceding a section of a book  
half-track  
      n   a vehicle with caterpillar tracks on the wheels that supply motive power only  
  half-tracked      adj  
half-truth  
      n   a partially true statement intended to mislead  
  half-true      adj  
half volley     (Sport)  
      n  
1    a stroke or shot in which the ball is hit immediately after it bounces  
      vb  
  half-volley  
2    to hit or kick (a ball) immediately after it bounces  
scrum half  
      n     (Rugby)  
1    a player who puts in the ball at scrums and tries to get it away to his three-quarter backs  
2    this position in a team  
stand-off half  
      n     (Rugby)  
1    a player who acts as a link between his scrum half and three-quarter backs  
2    this position in a team,   (Also called)    fly half  
time and a half  
      n   the rate of pay equalling one and a half times the normal rate, often offered for overtime work  
Two-and-a-half International  
      n      another name for the       Vienna Union  

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half

  
1   
      n   bisection, division, equal part, fifty per cent, fraction, hemisphere, portion, section  
2   
      adj   divided, fractional, halved, incomplete, limited, moderate, partial  
3   
      adv   after a fashion, all but, barely, inadequately, incompletely, in part, partially, partly, pretty nearly, slightly  
4    by half      considerably, excessively, very much  


half-baked  
1    brainless, crackpot     (informal)   crazy, foolish, harebrained, inane, loopy     (informal)   senseless, silly, stupid  
2    ill-conceived, ill-judged, impractical, poorly planned, short-sighted, unformed, unthought out or through  
half-hearted     
apathetic, cool, half-arsed     (Brit. slang)   half-assed     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   indifferent, lacklustre, listless, lukewarm, neutral, passive, perfunctory, spiritless, tame, unenthusiastic, uninterested  
  
Antonyms     
   ambitious, animated, avid, concerned, determined, eager, emotional, energetic, enthusiastic, excited, spirited, warm, wholehearted, zealous  
half-witted     
addle-brained, barmy     (slang)   batty     (slang)   crazy, doltish, doolally     (slang)   dull, dull-witted, feeble-minded, flaky     (U.S. slang)   foolish, goofy     (informal)   idiotic, moronic, nerdish or nurdish     (slang)   obtuse, silly, simple, simple-minded, stupid  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
The specular reflection of light from the surface of an eye in a photograph visible as a bright white spot on the eye.
The separate lights of the studio flash kit should be positioned so that the portrait exhibits only one catchlight per eye.
n.
humorous term for soulmate, partner, spouse
[Hum.]
n.
half woman half fish mythological creature
n.
brothers of the blue eye
adj.
perceived visually
E.g. How much of the info taken in by the eye do we memorize? (meaning: How much of what we see do we remember?)
n.
Mydriasis Unilateral : because medication, loss of Eye inervation . Bilateral profound pupillary areflexia isssen in very profound Coma , Cardiac Arrest or in Death
medical term
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