Your sight is your ability to see. If you're maneuvering through the house at midnight using your shins to locate the furniture, you'll appreciate your sight that much more. You could also turn a light on.

Sight has many different senses. It can mean the range of your vision, as in when you freak out when your little puppy goes out of sight. You can "take in the sights," meaning you're seeing all the special attractions of a town (also known as sightseeing). Sight can also be a verb, as when you sight a celebrity at your local taco stand, or when you sight your target using the sight on your gun, before you shoot.

Definitions of sight
  1. noun
    the ability to see; the visual faculty
    synonyms: vision, visual modality, visual sense
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    normal eyesight
    achromatic vision
    vision using the rods
    acuity, sharp-sightedness, visual acuity
    sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail (usually measured by a Snellen chart)
    binocular vision
    vision involving the use of both eyes
    central vision
    vision using the fovea and parafovea; the middle part of the visual field
    chromatic vision, color vision, trichromacy
    the normal ability to see colors
    distance vision
    vision for objects that a 20 feet or more from the viewer
    eyesight, seeing, sightedness
    normal use of the faculty of vision
    monocular vision
    vision with only one eye
    near vision
    vision for objects 2 feet or closer to the viewer
    night vision, night-sight, scotopic vision, twilight vision
    the ability to see in reduced illumination (as in moonlight)
    daylight vision, photopic vision
    normal vision in daylight; vision with sufficient illumination that the cones are active and hue is perceived
    peripheral vision
    vision at the edges of the visual field using only the periphery of the retina
    20/20, twenty-twenty
    normal visual acuity, as measured by the ability to read charts at a distance of 20 feet
    unusually acute vision
    foveal vision
    vision with the fovea
    stereoscopic vision, stereoscopy
    three-dimensional vision produced by the fusion of two slightly different views of a scene on each retina
    type of:
    modality, sense modality, sensory system
    a particular sense
    sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
  2. noun
    the act of looking or seeing or observing
    synonyms: survey, view
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    a full view; a good look
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    look, looking, looking at
    the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  3. noun
    anything that is seen
    “he was a familiar sight on the television”
    “they went to Paris to see the sights
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    something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
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    exhibiting openly in public view
  4. noun
    an instance of visual perception
    “the sight of his wife brought him back to reality”
    “the train was an unexpected sight
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    visual image, visual percept
    a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
  5. noun
    the range of vision
    “out of sight of land”
    synonyms: ken
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    compass, grasp, range, reach
    the limit of capability
  6. noun
    a range of mental vision
    “in his sight she could do no wrong”
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    perspective, position, view
    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  7. noun
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
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    barrage, deluge, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
    a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
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    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  8. verb
    catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
    “he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge”
    synonyms: spy
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    descry, espy, spot, spy
    catch sight of
    detect, discover, find, notice, observe
    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    catch out, find out
    trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act
    detect some circumstance or entity automatically
    find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word)
    discover traces of
    observe as if with an eye
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    comprehend, perceive
    become aware of through the senses
  9. verb
    take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
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    aim, direct, take, take aim, train
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
Commonly confused words

cite / site / sight

All are good for research papers: cite is short for citation, site is a place, and sight is what your eyeballs are for. The Web has a lot to answer for, good and bad. One item in the minus column is the increased popularity of site and people throwing these sound-alikes all over the place!

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