the naked eye


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the naked eye

Normal vision that has not been enhanced or augmented in any way. Because bacteria are invisible to the naked eye, it was only relatively recently in human history that we even became aware of their existence. The fine print is so tiny, you can barely make it out with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked
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*naked eye

the human eye, unassisted by optics, such as a telescope, microscope, or spectacles. (*Typically: appear to ~; look to ~; see with ~; visible to~.) I can't see the bird's markings with the naked eye. The scientist could see nothing in the liquid with the naked eye, but with the aid of a microscope, she identified the bacteria. That's how it appears to the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

with the naked eye

with eyes that are not aided by telescopes, microscopes, or binoculars. The moon is quite visible with the naked eye. Bacteria are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

naked eye

Sight unassisted by an instrument such as a microscope or telescope. For example, These insects are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This expression was first recorded in 1664.
See also: eye, naked
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the naked eye

COMMON If something can be seen with the naked eye, you can see it without the help of equipment such as a telescope or microscope. These green insects, just visible to the naked eye, are generally found on the under side of the leaves. Enough light gets through space for us to see thousands of stars with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the naked ˈeye

the normal power of your eyes without the help of an instrument: Bacteria are invisible to the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked
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