Peep sight
Peep Peep, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Peeped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peeping}.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. pipen, F. piper, p['e]pier, L. pipire, pipare, pipiare, D. & G. piepen. Senses 2 and 3 perhaps come from a transfer of sense from the sound which chickens make upon the first breaking of the shell to the act accompanying it; or perhaps from the influence of peek, or peak. Cf. {Pipe}.] 1. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep. [1913 Webster]

There was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped. --Is. x. 14. [1913 Webster]

2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance. [1913 Webster]

When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry. [1913 Webster]

eep through the blanket of the dark. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

From her cabined loophole peep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Peep sight}, an adjustable piece, pierced with a small hole to peep through in aiming, attached to a rifle or other firearm near the breech. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Peep sight — Sight Sight (s[imac]t), n. [OE. sight, si[thorn]t, siht, AS. siht, gesiht, gesih[eth], gesieh[eth], gesyh[eth]; akin to D. gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the root of E. see. See {See}, v. t.] 1. The act of seeing;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peep sight — An adjustable piece, pierced with a small hole to peep through in aiming, attached to a rifle or other firearm near the breech; distinguished from an {open sight}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peep sight — n. a rear sight for a firearm, usually consisting of an adjustable disk with a small opening in the center through which the front sight and target are lined up …   English World dictionary

  • peep sight — peep′ sight n. a plate containing a small hole through which a gunner peeps in sighting • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • peep sight — noun rear gunsight having an adjustable eyepiece with a small aperture through which the front sight and the target are aligned • Hypernyms: ↑gunsight, ↑gun sight * * * noun : a rear sight having an adjustable metal piece pierced with a small… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Peep sight — In firearms, a peep sight (also known more formally as an aperture sight ) is a type of rear gunsight, having an adjustable eyepiece with a small aperture through which the front sight and the target are aligned. These sight are used on target… …   Wikipedia

  • peep sight — noun Date: 1866 a rear sight for a gun having an adjustable metal piece pierced with a small hole to peep through in aiming …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peep sight — /ˈpip saɪt/ (say peep suyt) noun a plate containing a small hole through which a gunner peeps in sighting …   Australian English dictionary

  • peep sight — a plate containing a small hole through which a gunner peeps in sighting. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • peep sight — viewfinder that has a very narrow opening …   English contemporary dictionary

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