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

  • noun The faculty or act of clearly perceiving and understanding external things.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sight for that which is without; outlook; power of observation.
  • In Scots law, in the phrase outsight plenishing, a designation given to outdoor movables, as horses, cows, and oxen, or plows, carts, and other implements of husbandry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Sight for that which is on the outside; the ability or capacity to perceive or anticipate external things; view; outlook; perspective; power of observation.
  • noun Expectation; prospect.
  • noun Scotland Movable goods kept out of doors, such as animals, ploughs, carts, and other implements of husbandry.


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From out- +‎ sight. Cognate with Dutch uitzicht ("view, prospect, outlook"), German Aussicht ("view, prospect, chance, outlook, perspective"), Swedish utsikt ("view, outlook, prospect").


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  • This is the same kind of conflicting interests the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has with administering our renewable ethanol fuels program while at the same time it is suppose to provide regulatory outsight to the same programs that are supposed to be run by the United States Department of Energy.

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