Hypertext Webster Gateway: "gazing"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Gaze \Gaze\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gazed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Gazing}.] [OE. gasen, akin to dial. Sw. gasa, cf. Goth.
us-gaisjan to terrify, us-geisnan to be terrified. Cf.
{Aghast}, {Ghastly}, {Ghost}, {Hesitate}.]
To fixx the eyes in a steady and earnest look; to look with
eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment, or
with studious attention.

Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? --Acts i. 11.

Syn: To gape; stare; look.

Usage: To {Gaze}, {Gape}, {Stare}. To gaze is to look with
fixed and prolonged attention, awakened by excited
interest or elevated emotion; to gape is to look
fixedly, with open mouth and feelings of ignorant
wonder; to stare is to look with the fixedness of
insolence or of idiocy. The lover of nature gazes with
delight on the beauties of the landscape; the rustic
gapes with wonder at the strange sights of a large
city; the idiot stares on those around with a vacant

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