from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Extremely observant; vigilant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Vigilant; watchful; extremely observant. See

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Extremely observant; watchful; sharp-sighted.

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

  • adjective having very keen vision
  • adjective carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger


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  • If that day comes, our cities will be Argus-eyed with countless thousands of digital cameras scanning the faces of passengers at airports, pedestrians on city streets, drivers on highways, ATM customers, mall shoppers, and visitors to any federal facility.

    Alfred W. McCoy: How America's Wars Are Systematically Destroying Our Liberties 2009

  • This afternoon was spent out, drinking buckets of coffee and working on multiple writing projects - part of which work was re-reading bits of The Duel by Giacomo Casanova:Of kings "... even their slightest gesture is carefully examined by the Argus-eyed onlookers; and their words, however little they are susceptible of such treatment, are subject to a hundred different interpretations."

    News from the House of Sticks - 2009

  • The great fault of most of these journals is their gross personality; even the privacy of domestic life is invaded by their Argus-eyed scrutiny.

    The Englishwoman in America 2007

  • Favored by this annual turmoil, the happy Augustine escaped the investigations of her Argus-eyed relations.

    At the Sign of the Cat and Racket 2007

  • Favored by this annual turmoil, the happy Augustine escaped the investigations of her Argus-eyed relations.

    At the Sign of the Cat and Racket 2007

  • Argus-eyed, able and happy to cope with this rolling miscellany of facts and sciences, and by his own versatility to dispose of them with ease; a manly mind, unembarrassed by the variety of coats of convention with which life had got encrusted, easily able by his subtlety to pierce these and to draw his strength from nature, with which he lived in full communion.

    Representative Men 2006

  • The Argus-eyed Commission then fined Microsoft $357 million in July this year for dragging its feet over the provision of "complete and accurate" interface data.

    Microsoft Meets Kroes' Deadline 2006

  • Now I knew why it was that its frowning facade had seemed to watch us Argus-eyed as the Things had tossed us toward it.

    The Metal Monster 2004

  • Still, they must keep up a show for the Argus-eyed Dhimitri.

    The English Witch Chase, Loretta 1988

  • When the sunrise splashed across the fragmentary panes of glass that here and there remained in their frames, the farmer would stand still at his ploughing on the hill-slope and glance up at the great Argus-eyed building -- that had now, however, more sockets than eyes -- and a world of memories, of legends and superstitions, would buzz, with strange bewilderment, through his brain.

    Drolls From Shadowland


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