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espial n : the act of detecting something; catching sight of something [syn: detection, catching, spying, spotting]

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Middle English espiaille, from Old French, from espier, to watch.



  1. Act of noticing or observing.
  2. The fact of noticing or observing; a discovery.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bringing to light, bugging, casual discovery, catching, chance discovery, cloak-and-dagger work, counterespionage, counterintelligence, detection, determination, determining, disclosure, discovery, distinguishment, electronic surveillance, espionage, excavation, exhumation, exposure, find, finding, finding out, following, intelligence, intelligence work, invention, locating, location, looking, lookout, lucky strike, military intelligence, note, notice, observance, observation, recognition, rediscovery, regard, respect, revelation, secret police, secret service, serendipity, shadowing, spotting, spying, stakeout, strike, surveillance, tailing, trailing, treasure trove, trouvaille, trove, uncovering, unearthing, viewing, watch, watching, wiretap, wiretapping, witnessing
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