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Definition catch sight of
  • 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
  •   We see the ground whereon these woes do lie,
      But the true ground of all these piteous woes
      We cannot without circumstance descry.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • descry = understand (catch sight of)
  • And can you descry no difference between his letters and those addressed to other people?
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of 'Eighty
  • In the faint light, too, we could descry dim galloping forms half hidden by wreaths of sand.
    Haggard, Rider H.  --  King Solomon's Mines
  • He could descry objects enough at such times, but none correctly.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • I shall perceive each object less distinctly, but I shall descry the principal facts with more certainty.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Next she descried boot tracks the shape of which was so well-remembered that it shook her heart.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • — Who hath descried the number of the traitors?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • 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.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • In the flat smear of houses, he descried, or thought he did, the edge of his own on Ninth.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • We are descried: they'll mock us now downright.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • Near and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • In the flare of the match MacPherson had descried the stable lantern hanging on the wall.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • At length they descried the coast of France.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • I then descried Mr. and Mrs. Hubble; the last-named in a decent speechless paroxysm in a corner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He never looked back until he had almost gained the shelter of the forest; then he turned and descried two figures in the distance.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The news is true, my lord: he is descried; Caesar has taken Toryne.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Shortly afterwards Miss Bates, passing near the window, descried Mr. Knightley on horse-back not far off.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • A man riding in hot haste was now dimly descried at the top of a distant hill.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin

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