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gaze open-mouthed

To stare intently at something or someone, often because one is awestruck or dumbfounded. I couldn't help but gaze open-mouthed at the beautiful sunrise.
See also: gaze

gaze at (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy gazing at his navel to help anybody else.
See also: gaze, navel

contemplate (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Primarily heard in UK. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
See also: contemplate, navel

gaze around (at someone or something)

to look all around at someone or something. The manager gazed around at each of us, and finally spoke. Tourists gazed around at the scenery for a while and got back in the bus. We just stood there, gazing around.
See also: around, gaze

gaze at someone or something

to stare at someone or something. I stood for an hour, gazing at the sea. She gazed at me for a moment and then smiled.
See also: gaze

gaze on someone or something

to look at someone or something; to survey someone or something. She gazed sullenly on the ruin that had been her home. The teacher gazed on the student and frightened her.
See also: gaze, on

gaze out on something

to look out on something, such as a lovely view, from inside a building or from a particular spot. She gazed out on the flowering trees and knew that life would go on. Henry sat for hours, gazing out on the lake.
See also: gaze, on, out

rivet one's gaze on someone or something

 and rivet one's glare on someone or something
Fig. to fasten one's gaze onto someone or something. (As if it were attached by rivets.) He riveted his gaze on the surly young man. Walter riveted his hateful glare on the last page of the contract and sneered.
See also: gaze, on, rivet

steely gaze

Cliché an intense, staring gaze. The principal turned a steely gaze toward the frightened student and suddenly smiled.
See also: gaze, steely




If you accuse someone of navel-gazing or navel-contemplation, you are criticizing them for thinking only about themselves and their own problems or activities, rather than the problems or activities of other people. Tory MP Martin Brison says he is more interested in developing policies for the future than in navel-gazing about the past. He called for an end to Labor's post-election navel-gazing. Note: Navel-gazing can be used before a noun. The film is a sort of navel-gazing look at Hollywood. Note: You can also say that someone gazes at their navel or contemplates their navel. The Institute has always been notorious for contemplating its own navel. Note: These expressions are used to show disapproval. Note: Your navel is your tummy button or belly button.

fix somebody with a ˈlook, ˈstare, ˈgaze, etc.

look directly at somebody for a long time: He fixed her with an angry stare.
See also: fix, somebody

look/stare/gaze into ˈspace

look straight in front of you without looking at a particular thing, usually because you are thinking about something: I asked her twice if she was ready to leave but she just sat there staring into space.
See also: gaze, look, space, stare
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The commands are able to move the arm instantly using, for example, fixed gazes and sequences of prolonged blinks.
The SentiGaze algorithm enables designers and developers to create applications that use off-the-shelf webcams to track eye movements and generate heatmaps based on how a user gazes at a monitor.
The Gaze Framework" is now more broadly used by media theorists to "refer both to the ways in which readers/viewers look at images of people in any visual medium and to the gazes of those depicted in visual texts" (see David Chandler's "Notes on the Gaze," available http://www.
Various media gazes that derive from different ideological dimensions or a combination of these dimensions (corporate, racialized, Eurocentric, gendered or androcentric, classed, ageist, and secular) and media processes (newscasting, advertising, film, etcetera) are identified and analyzed.
The combination of these factors has resulted in media coverage that gazes from a classist, male, heteronormative, Caucasian standpoint, and largely frames those outside of this mainstream as deviant, laughable, or invisible.
Instead, the chief sits quietly and gazes upon him.
Jesus can see the sickness in this self-righteous man, his great lack, yet Jesus still loves him, loves him as he loves each of us: with a wonderful, unexpected love that gazes deep into our souls and loves us and our world unconditionally.
Amazingly, the very profile of Pemigewasset became immortalized within the cliff, and his visage gazes out to this day.
Using the direction of others' gazes to determine what they can or can't see is a basic component of social reasoning in monkeys that, until now, has eluded researchers, contend Yale University researchers Jonathan I.
Granted, the religious donors and house-proud burghers depicted by Funk's Flemish masters expected to receive greedy gazes, too.
Certainly, the commiseration between Bub and Hedges might seem more politically significant if they united their gazes against a white oppressor, rather than a cohort of young, black boys.
from Sidney through Keats and Shelley to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the poet writes as a male 'seer' who gazes upon [the] beloved .
Foucault considers the multiple gazes of the various figures in the painting, as well as the position of the actual painter and the painter depicted in the work itself, and suggests that the spectator's gaze is led to these figures in a spiral pattern which "presents us with the entire cycle of representation"; however, the spectator's recognition of this cycle lasts only for a moment, and then the representation "dissolves" again (1994, 11).
The power of appropriation lies not just with the father, then -- but with the mother as well, who, in the son's eyes, gazes at the father in a way the son would like to be gazed at, so, in a good parental relationship, son wants to be like his father because of the way mother has treated father.
Their gazes meet exactly midpoint in the canvas, fixed upon the central, obsessively painted button of the toreador's shirt collar.