Descrying
Descry De*scry", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Descried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descrying}.] [OE. descrien, discrien, to espy, prob. from the proclaiming of what was espied, fr. OF. descrier to proclaim, cry down, decry, F. d['e]crier. The word was confused somewhat with OF. descriven, E. describe, OF. descrivre, from L. describere. See {Decry}.] 1. To spy out or discover by the eye, as objects distant or obscure; to espy; to recognize; to discern; to discover. [1913 Webster]

And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. --Judg. i. 23. [1913 Webster]

Edmund, I think, is gone . . . to descry The strength o' the enemy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And now their way to earth they had descried. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To discover; to disclose; to reveal. [R.] [1913 Webster]

His purple robe he had thrown aside, lest it should descry him. --Milton.

Syn: To see; behold; espy; discover; discern. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • descrying — de·scry || dɪ skraɪ v. see; see from far away; discover …   English contemporary dictionary

  • descrying — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Descried — Descry De*scry , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Descried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descrying}.] [OE. descrien, discrien, to espy, prob. from the proclaiming of what was espied, fr. OF. descrier to proclaim, cry down, decry, F. d[ e]crier. The word was confused… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Descry — De*scry , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Descried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descrying}.] [OE. descrien, discrien, to espy, prob. from the proclaiming of what was espied, fr. OF. descrier to proclaim, cry down, decry, F. d[ e]crier. The word was confused somewhat… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • descry — I. transitive verb (descried; descrying) Etymology: Middle English descrien to proclaim, reveal, from Anglo French *descrier, alteration of Old French decrier more at decry Date: 14th century 1. a. to catch sight of < I descried a sail Jonathan… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham — For other people named Charles Howard, see Charles Howard (disambiguation). The Earl of Nottingham Charles Howard c. 1620. Detail of a portrait by Daniel Mytens the Elder. Spouse(s) Catherine Carey …   Wikipedia

  • Methods of divination — This article is about the numerous varieties of divination. For divination as a whole, see Divination. Innumerable methods of divination can be found around the world, and many cultures practice the same methods under different names. During the… …   Wikipedia

  • John William Miller — (1895–1978) was an American philosopher in the idealist tradition. His work appears in six published volumes, including The Paradox Cause (1978) and most recently The Task of Criticism (2006). His principal philosophical ambitions were 1) to… …   Wikipedia

  • descry — descrier, n. /di skruy /, v.t., descried, descrying. 1. to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy: The lookout descried land. 2. to discover; perceive; detect. [1250 1300; ME descrien < OF de(s)crïer to proclaim,… …   Universalium

  • SARTOR RESARTUS —    (i. e. the tailor patched), a book written by Carlyle at CRAIGENPUTTOCK (q.v.) in 1831, published piecemeal in Frazer s Magazine in 1833 34, and that first appeared in a book form in America, under Emerson s auspices, in 1836, but not in… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”