1. One who visits; one who comes or goes to see another, as in civility or friendship. "This great flood of
2. A superior, or a person lawfully appointed for the purpose, who makes formal visits of inspection to a
corporation or an institution. See Visit, v. t., 2, and Visitation, n., 2.
The king is the visitor of all lay corporations.Blackstone.
(Vis`it*o"ri*al) a. Same as Visitatorial.
(Vi"sive) a. [Cf. F. visif, LL. visivus. See Vision.] Of or pertaining to the sight; visual. [Obs.]
I can not satisfy myself how men should be so little surprised about this visive faculty.Berkeley.
(Visne) n. [OF. visné, veisiné, visnet, neighborhood, LL. vicinatus, fr. L. vicunus neighboring, a
neighbor. See Vicinity.] (Law) Neighborhood; vicinity; venue. See Venue.
(Vis"no*my) n. [Contr. fr. physiognomy.] Face; countenance. [Colloq.] Spenser. Lamb.
(Vi"son) n. [F.] (Zoöl.) The mink.
(Vis"or) n. [OE. visere, F. visière, fr. OF. vis. See Visage, Vision.] [Written also visar, visard,
vizard, and vizor.]
1. A part of a helmet, arranged so as to lift or open, and so show the face. The openings for seeing
and breathing are generally in it.
2. A mask used to disfigure or disguise. "My very visor began to assume life." Shak.
My weaker government since, makes you pull off the visor.Sir P. Sidney.
3. The fore piece of a cap, projecting over, and protecting the eyes.
(Vis"ored) a. Wearing a visor; masked.
Visored falsehood and base forgery.Milton.
(Vis"ta) n.; pl. Vistas [It., sight, view, fr. vedere, p. p. visto, veduto, to see, fr. L. videre,
visum. See View, Vision.] A view; especially, a view through or between intervening objects, as trees; a
view or prospect through an avenue, or the like; hence, the trees or other objects that form the avenue.
The finished garden to the viewThomson.
Its vistas opens, and its alleys green.
In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.Burke.
The shattered tower which now forms a vista from his window.Sir W. Scott.
(Vis"to) n. A vista; a prospect. [R.] Gay.
Through the long visto of a thousand years.Young.
(Vis"u*al) a. [L. visualis, from visus a seeing, sight: cf. F. visuel. See Vision.]
1. Of or pertaining to sight; used in sight; serving as the instrument of seeing; as, the visual nerve.
Nowhere so clear, sharpened his visual ray.