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DAZ'ZLE, v.t.



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DAZ'ZLE, v.t.

DAZ'ZLE, v.i.

To be overpowered by light; to shake or be unsteady; to waver, as the sight. I dare not trust these eyes; / They dance in mists, and dazzle with surprise. – Dryden.


DAZ'ZLE, v.t. [In Sax. dwæs is dull, stupid, foolish; dwæscan, to extinguish; dysi or dysig, dizzy.]

  1. To overpower with light; to hinder distinct vision by intense light; or to cause to shake; to render unsteady, as the sight. We say, the brightness of the sun dazzles the eyes or the sight.
  2. To strike or surprise with a bright or intense light; to dim or blind by a glare of light, or by splendor, in a literal or figurative sense; as, to be dazzled by resplendent glory, or by a brilliant expression.

Daz"zle
  1. To overpower with light] to confuse the sight of by brilliance of light.

    Those heavenly shapes
    Will dazzle now the earthly, with their blaze
    Insufferably bright.
    Milton.

    An unreflected light did never yet
    Dazzle the vision feminine.
    Sir H. Taylor.

  2. To be overpoweringly or intensely bright; to excite admiration by brilliancy.

    Ah, friend! to dazzle, let the vain design. Pope.

  3. A light of dazzling brilliancy.
  4. To bewilder or surprise with brilliancy or display of any kind.

    "Dazzled and drove back his enemies." Shak.
  5. To be overpowered by light; to be confused by excess of brightness.

    An overlight maketh the eyes dazzle. Bacon.

    I dare not trust these eyes;
    They dance in mists, and dazzle with surprise.
    Dryden.

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Dazzle

DAZ'ZLE, verb transitive

1. To overpower with light; to hinder distinct vision by intense light; or to cause to shake; to render unsteady, as the sight. We say, the brightness of the sun dazzles the eyes or the sight.

2. To strike or surprise with a bright or intense light; to dim or blind by a glare of light, or by splendor, in a literal or figurative sense; as, to be dazzled by resplendent glory, or by a brilliant expression.

DAZ'ZLE, verb intransitive To be overpowered by light; to shake or be unsteady; to waver, as the sight.

I dare not trust these eyes; They dance in mists, and dazzle with surprise.

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