[ US /dɛsˈkɹaɪ/ ]
  1. catch sight of
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How To Use descry In A Sentence

  • The friendly breeze freshened again next day, and on we went once more before it gallantly: descrying now and then an English ship going homeward under shortened sail, while we, with every inch of canvas crowded on, dashed gaily past, and left her far behind. American Notes for General Circulation
  • Item, if the fleet should happen to be scattered by weather, or other mishap, then so soon as one shall descry another, to hoise both topsails twice, if the weather will serve, and to strike them twice again; but if the weather serve not, then to hoise the maintopsail twice, and forthwith to strike it twice again. Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland
  • I descry a sail on the horizon.
  • Bunsby, descrying no objection, on the coast of Greenland or elsewhere, to this proposal, it was carried into execution; and that great man, bringing his eye into the present for a moment, affixed his sign – manual to the cover, totally abstaining, with characteristic modesty, from the use of capital letters. Dombey and Son
  • He could descry objects enough at such times, but none correctly. Weatherwatch: The snow's solemn stillness
  • Danlo was perhaps the only one to descry Hanuman's true potential. THE BROKEN GOD
  • While he clearly indicates productions he considers successful, I would be hard-pressed to descry a pattern among them.
  • Indeed, I detected certain palms that I was morally certain were coconut palms, while, unless my eyes deceived me, I believed I could also descry foliage that strongly suggested the idea of plantain or banana trees. The First Mate The Story of a Strange Cruise
  • But, sitting with my pen in my hand looking at those words again, without descrying any hint in them of the words that should follow, it comes into my mind that they have an abrupt appearance. George Silvermans's Explanation
  • [214] They are forced to retreat. had done before, we resolved to imbark silently in the dark of the night, and go off from that Coast where we had been so early descryed, and the enemy was so much prepared against us. Bucaniers of America:
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