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lidless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lidless always watchful "to an eye like mine, a lidless watcher of the public weal"- Alfred Tennyson"
    • adj lidless not having or covered with a lid or lids "a lidless container"
    • adj lidless having no lid "a lidless container"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Lidless lĭd"lĕs Having no lid, or not covered with the lids, as the eyes; hence, sleepless; watchful. "A lidless watcher of the public weal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lidless Having no lid; especially, having no eyelids; hence, poetically, incapable of closing the eyes; sleepless; perpetually vigilant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lidless without lid or lids
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hlid (Dut. lid)—hlídan, to cover.

Usage

In literature:

Fearfuller yet, the eye-sockets were not empty; in each was a lidless living eye!
"Lilith" by George MacDonald
The watcher stood beside, staring with his tense face and unwinking, lidless eye.
"Irish Fairy Tales" by James Stephens
In fact, after a lidless scrutiny unembarrassed by any recollections of his last meeting with this young man, he declared for friendship.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Yet now his eyes felt no pain; neither were they lidless; not even so much as one of their lashes was lacking.
"Some Chinese Ghosts" by Lafcadio Hearn
Her eyes seemed as lidless as a snake's.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
Finally it lay perfectly still, its dull, lidless eyes rolling upward.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
His hideous lidless eyes regarded them intently, with a view to selecting the plumpest bird.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
His lips touched smooth green skin and he looked into Gistla's large round lidless eyes.
"George Loves Gistla" by James McKimmey
His lidless eyes, unblinking, stared deeply into hers.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
There was unfathomable hatred in his lidless eyes.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
I found it lying in an enormous lidless sarcophagus, close to a mutilated statue of Anubis.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
The eyes were round, and apparently lidless; a pale drab or bluff in color.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
He darted in to the head and stood above the lidless eye.
"The Wealth of Echindul" by Noel Miller Loomis
The lidless eyes stared.
"'Mid Pleasures and Palaces" by James McKimmey
The trout was staring upward with his blank, lidless eyes.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
We will but laugh into thy lidless eyes?
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
These reptiles' lidless eyes have a very short range of vision.
"A Maid of the Kentucky Hills" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
The look out of her small, lidless eyes was melancholy and beseeching.
"Ekkehard. Vol. II (of II)." by Joseph Victor Scheffel
The cold, dead, lidless eyes fascinated her almost as much as they had the monkey.
"By Veldt and Kopje" by William Charles Scully
Its bright, lidless eyes never close, this signifies vigilance.
"Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer" by Rena I. Halsey
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In poetry:

He will not sleep, and let be drawn
The screen of thy soul’s ark;
They keep, those lidless eyes,
Thy sanctuary stark.
"Lovers" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
Thine are the lidless eyes of night
That stare upon our tears,
Through certain hours which in our sight
Exceed a thousand years:
"The Hymn to Physical Pain" by Rudyard Kipling
Still from his chair of porphyry gaunt Memnon
strains his lidless eyes
Across the empty land, and cries each yellow
morning unto thee.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
He asks no questions of the snake,
Nor plumbs the phosphorescent gloom
Where lidless fishes, broad awake,
Swim staring at a nightmare doom.
"Cold-Blooded Creatures" by Elinor Wylie
Patience, friends! The eye of God
Every path by Murder trod
Watches, lidless, day and night;
And the dead man in his shroud,
And his widow weeping loud,
And our hearts, are in his sight.
"Burial of Barber" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O golden hawk! O lidless eye! Behold
How the grey creeps upon the shuddering gold!
Still I will strive! That thou mayst sweep
Swift on the dead from thine all-seeing steep -
And the unutterable word by spoken.
"The Mantra-Yoga" by Aleister Crowley