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quick-sighted

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj quick-sighted keenly perceptive or alert "quick-sighted into the faults of the time"- Leonard Bacon"
    • adj quick-sighted having very keen vision "quick-sighted as a cat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Quick-sighted Having quick sight or acute discernment; quick to see or to discern.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quick-sighted Having quick sight or acute discernment; quick to see or discern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Quick-sighted having quick or sharp sight: quick in discernment
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Quotations

  • Marshall Pugh
    Marshall Pugh
    “They exchanged the quick, brilliant smile of women who dislike each other on sight.”
  • Francis Beaumont
    Francis Beaumont
    “Interest makes some people blind, and others quick-sighted.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    W.%20Somerset%20Maugham
    “The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cwic; Ice. kvikr, Goth. kwius, living; allied to L. vivus.

Usage

In literature:

What had stung him to the quick was the sight of Ray's suffering when that note came back to him refused.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
It looked quickly up, and with a bound it was across the trail and out of sight.
"A Little Maid of Old Maine" by Alice Turner Curtis
He started at the sight of it, and turned quickly from one man to the other.
"The Borough Treasurer" by Joseph Smith Fletcher
I walked quick and straight-footed, looking far ahead, and right and left, through the timber, to sight whatever moved.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
It went clear out of sight, out of range of his binoculars, just that quick.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
But these enticing visions quickly faded away from their sight.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862" by Various
One morning after breakfast, my hostess, Mrs Kent, called to me to come quickly and see a curious sight.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
As we hide the dead in the earth that we may quickly forget our loss, so society buries from sight and thought those who fail.
"Education and the Higher Life" by J. L. Spalding
Tom quickly sighted on the range finder and saw a ball of light flash brilliantly in front of the passenger ship.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
Caspar was a youth of quick sight and equally quick perception.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Rapidly as he was skating, his quick eye caught sight of two of his foes.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
He faced about quickly as the door opened and at sight of me his face lightened.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
Then he turned quickly and walked hurriedly away, never once looking back as Nic watched him till he was out of sight.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
Just then the Englishman caught sight of his compatriots, and came across to them quickly.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
No one appeared to be in sight, and quick as thought it was done.
"A Life's Eclipse" by George Manville Fenn
I looked back once or twice, and quickly lost sight of the waggon.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
Our first impulse was to retreat, hoping that we had not been seen; but their quick eyes had caught sight of us.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Ernst's quick sight had detected the eyes of the priest fixed on him and A'Dale.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
Casting his eyes quickly towards the hold, his heart sank within him at the sight he there beheld.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
At first he had looked without seeing; then sight, and hearing as well, became quick.
"Georgina's Reasons" by Henry James
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In poetry:

Throbs of the fitful sun that are
Unto thine amplitude of sight,
Even as the quick unrest of light
That stirs, to mortal sense, the star.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
The armies of the quick and dead
They pass each other; one with tread
Joyous to meet the coming fight
That looms before their eager sight.
"The Quick And Dead" by Alexander Anderson
Boulla thus in an African glade,
In her season of beauty and youth,
In the deadliest danger display'd
All the quick-sighted courage of truth.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
Through want of sight we stumble may:
The coachman was soon turn'd away,
And quickly found himself adrift;
With slender commons made a shift.
"The Coach Horses" by William Hutton
At every step it widen'd to my sight -
Wood, Meadow, verdant Hill, and dreary Steep,
Following in quick succession of delight, -
Till all - at once - did my eye ravish'd sweep!
"Life" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Thou art a restless, wayward sprite,
So young, so tender, and so fair,
I dare not trust thee from my sight,
Nor let thee breathe the common air!
Home to my heart, then, quickly flee,
It is the only place for thee!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham

In news:

I was in Honolulu, Hawaii, last week to talk at a green design conference, and in my two quick days there I was able to see a few of the sights.
A delightful romp of a French farce with quick-witted word play, pitch-perfect acting, and sight gags galore.
Four snowshoers ahead of me had an easier time in the powder, and I lost sight of them pretty quickly.
As a child, a simple bump or bruise quickly escalates to a major problem at the sight of blood.
At first sight of the long line, she quickly turned around.
Quick question- when sighting onto the target prism it is usually over long distances for me, I sight using the yellow guide triangles at the side of the prism .
It is quick and easy to sight in a scope without firing a single shot.
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In science:

Low-Order Dynamical Aberrations Aside from line of sight jitter, system disturbances can lead to dynamic misalignments of the secondary mirror as well as to deformations of the primary mirror. These cause time evolving phase aberrations, which produce additional speckles near the IWA that increase quickly with time.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Nevertheless, a quick sight in the tables allows to classify families having the same representation for ρ1 and ρ2 in terms of A, ¯A, B, ¯B .
Generalized Heun and Lam\'e's equations: factorization
Along the same line of sight, variations of the CH4 abundance were found (Boogert et al. 2004a), which suggest that CH4 is made on grains but quickly destroyed after evaporation into the gas phase.
The chemistry of high-mass star formation
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