Espiaille \Es`pi*aille"\, n. Espial. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Espial — Es*pi al, n. [OE. & Norm. F. espiaille. See {Espy}.] 1. The act of espying; notice; discovery. [1913 Webster] Screened from espial by the jutting cape. Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. One who espies; a spy; a scout. [Obs.] Their espials . . . brought… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • espial — /i spuy euhl/, n. 1. the act of spying. 2. the act of keeping watch; observation. [1350 1400; ME espiaille < MF. See ESPY, AL2] * * * …   Universalium

  • espial — [ɪ spʌɪ(ə)l, ɛ ] noun archaic the action of watching or catching sight of someone or something. Origin ME: from OFr. espiaille, from espier espy …   English new terms dictionary

  • espial — es•pi•al [[t]ɪˈspaɪ əl[/t]] n. 1) the act of spying 2) the act of keeping watch; observation • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME espiaille < MF. See espy, al II …   From formal English to slang

  • espial — [e spī′əl, ispī′əl] n. [ME espiaille < OFr < espier: see SPY] 1. an espying or being espied; observation 2. discovery 3. Obs. a spy …   English World dictionary

  • espial — n. 1 the act or an instance of catching sight of or of being seen. 2 archaic spying. Etymology: ME f. OF espiaille f. espier: see ESPY …   Useful english dictionary

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