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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Weak-eyed having weak eyes or sight
    • ***


  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wác, pliant—wican, to yield; Dut. week, Ice. veikr, Ger. weich.


In literature:

He was a pale, long-faced young man in spectacles, with weak, blue eyes and a short, thin moustache.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
I am rather stronger, but so weak still that my eyes dazzle to think of it.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Her eyes were half closed as she leaned back, and her lips were parted in a weary look of weakness that was new to her.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
My eyes were almost well, but my hands had been badly frozen and were extremely painful, while I was so weak that I could hardly walk.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
Weak and dizzy herself, she rose and laid her hand on John's, every maternal instinct in her stirring and speaking in her gray eyes.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Behind her stood Baptiste, also shading his weak eyes and looking.
"A Lover in Homespun" by F. Clifford Smith
He had an eye for the weak points of things.
"Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses" by Horace Smith
Flora rose without a sign of yielding or weakness in her dry eyes, drawing up her magnificent figure proudly.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
Nobody, unless unconscious from weakness or the tortures of seasickness, closed an eye.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
He turned and faced her again, lifting his eyes, holding out his hand; his voice, usually weak, was strong.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
I'll sing the 'Jovial Crew,' or any other song, when a weak old man would cry his eyes out.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
His eye gleamed ironically, and in a weak voice he reproached us with our cowardice.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
The poor child felt too weak to play, and reading made her eyes ache.
"Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
I can't write more now my eyes are weak still.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
I had also seen Mrs. Luttrell, a worn and timid woman, with weak blue eyes and all the manner of the professional invalid.
"Dead Man's Rock" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The girl looked into his weak blue eyes with their area of saucer-like whiteness.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
But the very beauty of it all made her more weak; and tears rose in her eyes as she looked at the healing green.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
With closed eyes one might imagine that it was strength that clung; with open eyes one saw that it was weakness.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Was it really hours before Coombe saw the closed eyes weakly open?
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It is believed that "piercing the ear" will cure weak eyes or strengthen the eyes.
"Current Superstitions" by Various

In poetry:

Not for his pain my eyes are wet,
But for your lot so bitter.
What is to me his weak regret?
His silence had been fitter.
"At The Grave Of Jane Carlyle Haddington Abbey" by Oscar Fay Adams
His languid eyes lie weakly rais'd,
Which seem'd for ever clos'd,
On the pale youth with pity gaz'd,
And then in death repos'd.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
These eyes, that dazzled now and weak,
At glancing motes in sunshine wink.
Shall see the Kings full glory break,
Nor from the blissful vision shrink:
"Fourth Sunday In Advent" by John Keble
O soul, O soul, rejoice!
Thou art God's child indeed, for all thy sinning;
A poor weak child, yet his, and worth the winning
With saviour eyes and voice.
"I Would I Were A Child" by George MacDonald
Perchance it is that I am growing weak,
And faint with wandering afar, afar,
And my dim eyes see not the thing I seek;
And yet I must not ask, I must not speak,
Nor tell--the secret of the Saviour star.
"Star In The East" by Walter Richard Cassels
'No, do not stare so—he is weak with grief,
He cannot face you, he turns his eyes aside;
He is confused with pain.
I suffered this. I know. It was long ago . . .
He closes his eyes and drowns in death again.'
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 06:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

That's what we're here for: to analyze my innate strengths and weaknesses, the aptitudes and predilections that came bundled with my DNA along with pale skin, green eyes, and double X chromosomes.
You know how it is when you're telling folks a fascinating story and all you see are weak little smiles, glassed-over eyes and the slow-yet-impatient nodding of heads.
Tow truck driver Mark Peterson's sharp eye helped him recharge more than a weak battery last November.
The Republican VP nominee told Chris Wallace the "ugly fruits" of a foreign policy of weakness is unraveling before our eyes on our TV screens.

In science:

This signal is low frequency and too weak to be seen by eye in the data.
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
If this quark-gluon plasma had emitted weakly interacting probe particles that our eyes could see, then we could see it by looking at the night sky.
Summary of the XXX Rencontre de Moriond QCD Session
Regardless of any model, the Fly’s Eye array puts upper limits[Ba85] on the product of the flux times total cross section for weakly interacting particles (which we will assume are neutrinos) in the range 108 GeV ≤ Eν ≤ 1011 GeV if such particles initiate extensive air showers deep in the atmosphere.
Multiple Muons From Neutrino-Initiated Multi-W(Z) Production