[syn: detection, catching, espial, spying, spotting]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spy \Spy\ (sp[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spied (sp[imac]d);
p. pr. & vb. n. Spying.] [OE. spien, espien, OF. espier, F.
['e]pier, OHG. speh[=o]n, G. sp[aum]hen; akin to L. specere
to see, Skr. spa[,c]. [root] 169. Cf. Espy, v. t.,
Aspect, Auspice, Circumspect, Conspicuous, Despise,
Frontispiece, Inspect, Prospect, Respite, Scope,
Specimen, Spectacle, Specter, Speculate, Spice,
1. To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state
of concealment; to espy; to see.
One, in reading, skipped over all sentences where he
spied a note of admiration. --Swift.
2. To discover by close search or examination.
Look about with your eyes; spy what things are to be
reformed in the church of England. --Latimer.
3. To explore; to view, inspect, and examine secretly, as a
country; -- usually with out.
Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the
villages thereof. --Num. xxi.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: keeping a secret or furtive watch
2: the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes
[syn: spying, undercover work]
3: the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
[syn: detection, catching, espial, spying,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "spying":
bugging, cloak-and-dagger work, counterespionage,
counterintelligence, detection, electronic surveillance, espial,
espionage, following, intelligence, intelligence work, looking,
lookout, military intelligence, note, notice, observance,
observation, regard, respect, secret police, secret service,
shadowing, stakeout, surveillance, tailing, trailing, viewing,
watch, watching, wiretap, wiretapping, witnessing