What does the word descry mean?

Usage examples for descry

  1. Vast lakes washed its boundaries, where the Indian voyager, in his birch canoe, could descry no land beyond the world of waters. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  2. They have extraordinary good eyes, and will descry a sail at sea, farther than we. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  3. Even Pixie's lynx- eyes failed to descry any sign of heart- break. – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey