Part of speech: verb

To discover with the eye; discern; detect.

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Usage examples "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", Francis Parkman.
  2. They have extraordinary good eyes, and will descry a sail at sea, farther than we. - "History of the Buccaneers of America", James Burney.
  3. Even Pixie's lynx- eyes failed to descry any sign of heart- break. - "The Love Affairs of Pixie", Mrs George de Horne Vaizey.