• An organ through which animals see (perceive surroundings via light).
  • The visual sense.
  • The iris of the eye, being of a specified colour.
  • Attention, notice.
  • The ability to notice what others might miss.
  • A meaningful stare or look.
  • A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.
  • A hole at the blunt end of a needle through which thread is passed.
  • The oval hole of an axehead through which the axehandle is fitted.
  • A fitting consisting of a loop of metal or other material, suitable for receiving a hook or the passage of a cord or line.
  • The relatively clear and calm center of a hurricane or other cyclonic storm.
  • A mark on an animal, such as a peacock or butterfly, resembling a human eye.
  • The dark spot on a black-eyed pea.
  • A reproductive bud in a potato.
  • The dark brown center of a black-eyed Susan flower.
  • A loop forming part of anything, or a hole through anything, to receive a rope, hook, pin, shaft, etc. — e.g. at the end of a tie bar in a bridge truss; through a crank; at the end of a rope; or through a millstone.
  • That which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty.
  • Tinge; shade of colour.
  • One of the holes in certain kinds of cheese.
  • The circle in the centre of a volute.
  • The enclosed counter (negative space) of the small letter e.
  • An empty point or group of points surrounded by one player's stones.
  • View or opinion.
  • A brood.



  • From Middle English eye, eie, yë, eighe, eyghe, yȝe, eyȝe, from Old English ēage, from Proto-West Germanic *augā, from Proto-Germanic *augô (compare Scots ee, West Frisian each, Dutch oog, German Auge, Danish øje, Norwegian Bokmål øye, Norwegian Nynorsk auga, Swedish öga), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃okʷ-, *h₃ekʷ-.
  • See also Latin oculus (whence English oculus), Lithuanian akìs, Old Church Slavonic око, Albanian sy, Ancient Greek ὀφθαλμός ("eye"), Armenian ակն, Avestan 𐬀𐬱𐬌, Sanskrit अक्षि. Related to ogle.
  • The uncommon plural form eyen is from Middle English eyen, from Old English ēagan, nominative and accusative plural of Old English ēage.
  • Probably from rebracketing of a nye as an eye.

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