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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gaze  \Gaze\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Gazed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Gazing}.]  [OE.  gasen,  akin  to  dial.  Sw  gasa,  cf  Goth. 
  us-gaisjan  to  terrify,  us-geisnan  to  be  terrified.  Cf 
  {Aghast},  {Ghastly},  {Ghost},  {Hesitate}.] 
  To  fixx  the  eyes  in  a  steady  and  earnest  look  to  look  with 
  eagerness  or  curiosity,  as  in  admiration,  astonishment,  or 
  with  studious  attention. 
 
  Why  stand  ye  gazing  up  into  heaven?  --Acts  i.  11. 
 
  Syn:  To  gape;  stare;  look 
 
  Usage:  To  {Gaze},  {Gape},  {Stare}.  To  gaze  is  to  look  with 
  fixed  and  prolonged  attention,  awakened  by  excited 
  interest  or  elevated  emotion;  to  gape  is  to  look 
  fixedly,  with  open  mouth  and  feelings  of  ignorant 
  wonder;  to  stare  is  to  look  with  the  fixedness  of 
  insolence  or  of  idiocy.  The  lover  of  nature  gazes  with 
  delight  on  the  beauties  of  the  landscape;  the  rustic 
  gapes  with  wonder  at  the  strange  sights  of  a  large 
  city;  the  idiot  stares  on  those  around  with  a  vacant 
  look 




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