noun[mass noun] • archaic
- The action of watching or catching sight of something or someone: he withdrew from his point of espialMore example sentences
- Presently he moved forward, and, with head still bent, approached the lower end of the garden, where, in a wall higher than that over which Goldthorpe made his espial, there was a wooden door.
- Among the crowd entering the exhibition he could easily keep her in sight without risk of his espial being detected.
late Middle English (in the sense 'spying'): from Old French espiaille, from espier 'espy'.
More definitions of espialDefinition of espial in:
- The US English dictionary