Usage examples for descry

  1. The torchlight falls on his face, and whereas my eyes descry him I cry aloud, and my soul has no thought of him but sheer pity and true love. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. At last, as they came in sight of a lovely little tarn lying under a distant hillock, and could descry two small dots floating on the surface of the water, Sir Hugh said to his head keeper, " See here, Roderick, are those duck or mergansers?" – Prince Fortunatus by William Black
  3. In Edinburgh, William Sharp's statement about Stevenson should be remembered, " One can, in a word, outline Stevenson's own country as all the region that on a clear day one may in the heart of Edinburgh descry from the Castle walls." – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  4. By the glimmer of light lent me, I can but guess greatness and descry vagueness. – The Kempton-Wace Letters by Jack London Anna Strunsky
  5. In this situation, they were in sight from every portion of the shore; any one entering by the tunnel, as they had done, would descry them almost at once, because of the vivid background against which their figures were thrown. – The Land of Mystery by Edward S. Ellis
  6. After sauntering along for half an hour, now listening to the wind that blew over the sand- hills, and now watching the spiky sparkle of the wintry stars in the sea, he reached a point whence he could descry the windows of Mr Fraser's part of the college. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  7. They knew other things- the youngsters- strange methods of the city ward; and the philosophic observers, who on all sides think they descry evidence of the corruption of the country by the city, would have glibly explained to the Hon. – The Henchman by Mark Lee Luther
  8. Many nights and many days had passed, when one evening, as the twilight was coming on, Heimbert was standing alone in the endless desert, unable to descry a single object all round on which his eye could rest. – The Two Captains by Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque
  9. The spirit of deep prophecy she hath, Exceeding the nine sibyls of old Rome: What's past and what's to come she can descry. – King-Henry-VI-Part-1 by Shakespeare, William
  10. Even now I could descry, like high waves in the distance, the rounded heads and folded shadows of the wood of Bagworthy. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  11. They have extraordinary good eyes, and will descry a sail at sea, farther than we. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  12. But nowhere, as she looked about her, could Billy descry the man she sought. – Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter
  13. Yet, above the volley and the savage shouts, Laurence can hear the hoarse, barking yell, can descry the forms of his late enemies- such as are left of them- as they flee, leaping and bounding, zigzagging with incredible velocity and address, to avoid the hail of bullets which is poured after them. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  14. At six we descry the infantry and the pack trains clambering up the heights to the northwest and disappearing from view over the timbered crests. – Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life by Charles King
  15. Indeed, he could descry no security from the pitfalls that were yawning for Polly, but in proposing to her, after dinner, to sit upon a low stool. – Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens
  16. You cannot descry so much as the original intention of the artist's hand which began to draw and relaxed its hold of the brush before the first lines were fairly traced. – A Study of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  17. It then touched the beach, and I could just descry the dim shape of another man enter; and Gerald, instead of returning homewards, pushed out towards the islet. – Devereux, Book I. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  18. And yet, however wild had been his conduct at that time, he could descry in it the sure marks of his vocation. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand