Definition of saccade in English:


Syllabification: sac·cade
Pronunciation: /səˈkäd, sa-


(usually saccades) technical
A rapid movement of the eye between fixation points.
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  • The pattern of fixations and saccades during visual exploration of a scene using only the eyes is strikingly similar to the intermittent locomotion of an animal searching for food in a physical landscape.
  • A reader's eye still moves in a series of jumps and stops known as saccades and fixations.
  • Also, in a variation of the boundary paradigm used in reading research, they obtained evidence that Chinese readers rely on phonological codes when integrating information across saccades.


early 18th century: from French, literally 'violent pull', from Old French saquer 'to pull'.



Pronunciation: /səˈkadik, sa-/
More example sentences
  • However, there is also a genuine decrease in sensitivity to light during a saccade - called saccadic suppression.
  • In doing so, they perform saccadic movements, smooth pursuit movements, vergence movements, vestibular movements, and accommodation.
  • The current analyses showed that response time, number of fixations per trial, initial saccadic latency, fixation duration, and saccadic amplitude varied as a function of the ratio between the red and blue items.

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