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Definition of DESCRY

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Descry \De*scry"\, n.
     Discovery or view, as of an army seen at a distance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

           Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought.            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 v.0.48 [gcide]

50 Moby Thesaurus words for "descry":
     appreciate, behold, catch, catch sight of, clap eyes on, come alive, comprehend, detect, discern, discover, distinguish, encounter, espy, glimpse, have in sight, hit, identify, ken, lay eyes on, look on, look upon, make out, mark, meet with, note, notice, observe, penetrate, perceive, pick out, pick up, pierce, plumb, realize, recognize, see, see daylight, see into, see the light, see through, sense, sight, spot, spy, take in, turn up, twig, understand, view, witness


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