†1. That which is gazed or stared at. Obsolete.In the first quot. gase may be another word or an unmeaning invention.
2. The act of looking fixedly or intently; a steady or intent look.
†a. at first gaze: at first sight. to give (a person) the gaze : to be a spectator of, look on at. (to have) in gaze : in prospect. to set oneself at gaze : to expose oneself to view, display oneself.
b. at gaze, †at a or the gaze ; said of a deer (now chiefly Heraldry: see quot. 1828-40), also of persons: in the attitude of gazing, esp. in wonder, expectancy, bewilderment, etc. So in to stand at (†a, the) gaze , †to set at the gaze , etc. †to hold at gaze : to hold fascinated. Also with other prepositions as †in a gaze, gaze on, upon the gaze; †to put to the gaze : to puzzle, nonplus. See also agaze adv.
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[compare French regard (J. M. E. Lacan Quatre Concepts Fondamentaux de la Psychanalyse (1973) viii. 78, translated in quot. 1977).] A way of regarding people or things which is considered to embody certain aspects of the relationship between the observer and the observed; esp. as expressed in art, literature, film, etc., by how an author chooses (consciously or not) to direct his or her (and hence the audience's) attention. Chiefly with the.Frequently in the male gaze n. a characteristically male perspective, esp. one thought to reveal chauvinistic, misogynistic, or voyeuristic attitudes.
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