To the east the outflung arm of the mountains marched to a sudden end, and far lands could be descried beyond them, wide and vague.
Later as the sun was setting, and the Company was stirring and getting ready to start again, he descried a dark spot against the fading light: a great bird high and far off, now wheeling, now flying on slowly southwards.
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She tries to descry purpose in the disasters of a purposeless world.
I never saw him afterwards, but I sometimes imagine that I descry a faint reflection of him in John Browdie.
Dickens, Charles -- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby