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Word of the Day: Sight

Oct 14, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

sight / sīt
1.      the faculty of seeing; vision
Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.
Alexander Pope, 1688-1744
2.      spectacle
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4 BC-65 AD
3.      one’s range of vision
If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.
Enoch Powell, 1912-1998
4.      a perception of something by the eye
The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart.
African Proverb
5.      plural, aspiration
Set your sights on a place higher than your eyes can see.
Rumi, 1207-1273
6.      plural, something regarded as worth seeing
I don’t ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing.
Mary Oliver, 1935-2019
7.      judgment
Use the Light that dwells within you to regain your natural clarity of sight.
Laozi, 601 C.53 BC
8.      an optical viewing device, as on a firearm, used for aiming
His eyes narrowed, reminding her of a hunter looking down a gun sight[…]
from ‘Nobody’s Baby But Mine’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 1948-
9.      a lot; a great deal
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.
C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963
1.      to look at, observe, see, etc.
[Second to the right, and straight on till morning], Peter had told Wendy, was the way to Neverland; but even birds, carrying maps and consulting them at windy corners, could not have sighted it with these instructions.
from ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ by James M. Barrie, 1860-1937
1.      based on comprehension or understanding at first glance
Sight reading seems to be one of those challenges that either a beginning musician loves or has recurring nightmares about.

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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