Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The capacity to discern the true nature of a situation; penetration.
  • n. The act or outcome of grasping the inward or hidden nature of things or of perceiving in an intuitive manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; frequently used with into.
  • n. Power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception.
  • n. Knowledge (usually derived from consumer understanding) that a company applies in order to make a product or brand perform better and be more appealing to customers
  • n. The act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively
  • n. An extended understanding of a subject resulting from identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; -- frequently used with into.
  • n. Power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Perception; observation.
  • n. Mental vision; intellectual discernment or penetration.
  • n. The immediate cognition of an object; intuition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. at or within a reasonable distance for seeing
  • n. the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  • n. a feeling of understanding
  • n. grasping the inner nature of things intuitively
  • n. clear or deep perception of a situation

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English insight, insiht ("insight, mental vision, intelligence, understanding"), from in- (from Old English) + sight, siht ("sight, vision"), or from Old English insiht ("narrative, argument, account"). Compare Dutch inzicht ("insight, awareness, view, opinion"), German Einsicht ("insight, knowledge, perception, understanding"). More at in, sight.

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  • A monistic oath prevents me from providing this information. Although you may remember 'a road less traveled' or 'leave no good deed undone'.

    In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

    Roadway.. Then he hid himself and watched to see if

    Anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

    And simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the

    King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

    Anything about getting the stone out of the way.

    Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

    Vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the

    peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

    stone to the side of the road. After much pushing

    and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

    peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

    a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

    been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

    from the King indicating that the gold was for the

    person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The

    peasant learned what many of us never understand!

    Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

    our condition.

    July 2, 2009

  • Source please.

    July 2, 2009

  • During my second month of college, our professor

    Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

    And had breezed through the questions until I read

    The last one:

    "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

    Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

    Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

    Dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

    I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

    Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

    The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

    "Absolutely, " said the professor. "In your careers,

    You will meet many people. All are significant. They

    Deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

    Is smile and say "hello."

    I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her

    Name was Dorothy.

    Sorry if I've offended anyone.

    July 2, 2009