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 Dictionary entry overview: What does eye mean? 

EYE (noun)
  The noun EYE has 5 senses:

1. the organ of sight
2. good discernment (either visually or as if visually)
3. attention to what is seen
4. an area that is approximately central within some larger region
5. a small hole or loop (as in a needle)

  Familiarity information: EYE used as a noun is common.

EYE (verb)
  The verb EYE has 1 sense:

1. look at

  Familiarity information: EYE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

EYE (noun)

Sense 1eye [BACK TO TOP]


The organ of sight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts


eye; oculus; optic

Hypernyms ("eye" is a kind of...):

receptor; sense organ; sensory receptor (an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation)

Meronyms (parts of "eye"):

crystalline lens; lens (biconvex transparent body situated behind the iris in the eye; it focuses light waves on the retina)

arteria centralis retinae; central artery of the retina (a branch of the ophthalmic artery; enters the eyeball with the optic nerve)

arteria ciliaris; ciliary artery (one of several arteries supplying the choroid coat of the eye)

arteria lacrimalis; lacrimal artery (an artery that originates from the ophthalmic artery and supplies the lacrimal gland and rectal eye muscles and the upper eyelid and the forehead)

lacrimal vein; vena lacrimalis (drains the lacrimal gland; empties into the superior ophthalmic vein)

lacrimal apparatus (the structures that secrete and drain tears from the eye)

retina (the light-sensitive membrane covering the back wall of the eyeball; it is continuous with the optic nerve)

sclera; sclerotic coat (whitish fibrous membrane (albuginea) that with the cornea forms the outer covering of the eyeball)

musculus sphincter pupillae; pupillary sphincter (a ring of smooth muscle surrounding the iris)

aperture (a natural opening in something)

iris (muscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil; it forms the colored portion of the eye)

uvea (the part of the eye that contains the iris and ciliary body and choroid)

choroid; choroid coat (a highly vascular membrane in the eye between the retina and the sclera)

ciliary body (the part of the tunic of the eye between the choroid coat and the iris)

eyelid; lid; palpebra (either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye)

canthus (either of the corners of the eye where the upper and lower eyelids meet)

epicanthic fold; epicanthus (a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthus; normal for Mongolian peoples; sometimes occurs in Down's syndrome)

nictitating membrane; third eyelid (a protective fold of skin in the eyes of reptiles and birds and some mammals)

cornea (transparent anterior portion of the outer covering of the eye; it covers the lens and iris and is continuous with the sclera)

eye muscle; ocular muscle (one of the small muscles of the eye that serve to rotate the eyeball)

eyeball; orb (the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye)

conjunctiva (a transparent membrane covering the eyeball and under surface of the eyelid)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "eye"):

compound eye (in insects and some crustaceans: composed of many light-sensitive elements each forming a portion of an image)

ocellus; simple eye; stemma (an eye having a single lens)

oculus sinister; OS (the left eye)

oculus dexter; OD (the right eye)

peeper (an informal term refering to the eye)

naked eye (the eye unaided by any optical instrument that alters the power of vision or alters the apparent size or distance of objects)

Holonyms ("eye" is a part of...):

visual system (the sensory system for vision)

face; human face (the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear)

Sense 2eye [BACK TO TOP]


Good discernment (either visually or as if visually)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

she has an eye for fresh talent / he has an artist's eye

Hypernyms ("eye" is a kind of...):

discernment; judgement; judgment; sagaciousness; sagacity (the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations)

Sense 3eye [BACK TO TOP]


Attention to what is seen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

he tried to catch her eye

Hypernyms ("eye" is a kind of...):

attending; attention (the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others)

Sense 4eye [BACK TO TOP]


An area that is approximately central within some larger region

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position


middle; center; centre; eye; heart

Context examples:

it is in the center of town / they ran forward into the heart of the struggle / they were in the eye of the storm

Hypernyms ("eye" is a kind of...):

area; country (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "eye"):

seat (a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised))

midfield ((sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse))

medical center (the part of a city where medical facilities are centered)

inner city (the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city)

hub (a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve)

financial center (the part of a city where financial institutions are centered)

storm center; storm centre (the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm)

central city; city center; city centre (the central part of a city)

center stage; centre stage (the central area on a theater stage)

midstream (the middle of a stream)

Instance hyponyms:

City of London; the City (the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London)

Sense 5eye [BACK TO TOP]


A small hole or loop (as in a needle)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the thread wouldn't go through the eye

Hypernyms ("eye" is a kind of...):

hole (an opening deliberately made in or through something)

Holonyms ("eye" is a part of...):

needle (a sharp pointed implement (usually steel))

EYE (verb)

Sense 1eye [BACK TO TOP]


Look at

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling


eye; eyeball

Hypernyms (to "eye" is one way to...):

look (perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot eye Sue

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