Definition of visor in English:


(also vizor)


  • 1A movable part of a helmet that can be pulled down to cover the face.

    ‘a plastic safety helmet with a transparent visor’
    • ‘He was lucky to have the visor down on his helmet, as he could have been struck on his eye or his nose.’
    • ‘The court also heard that Sami would have had an impaired view of the road, either from spray on the visor of his crash helmet or from him taking his hand off the bike to clear it.’
    • ‘One was the Winged Messenger of old, eight feet tall in a silvered suit and a helmet with a reflective visor and golden wings that covered his head and neck completely.’
    • ‘He was wearing a motorcycle helmet and had the visor pulled down in front of his face.’
    • ‘Leading Firefighter Andy Hopkinson braved temperatures so high they melted helmet visors and smoke detectors.’
    • ‘The helmet had a monochrome visor that covered the entire face, which made him feel as though he were in a dark closet.’
    • ‘With a grin behind his visor and helmet, he drifted toward her.’
    • ‘One by one, each knight closes the visor on his helmet.’
    • ‘Then, as the people who had arrived to attend the meeting were gathering outside the venue, two men wearing helmets with visors covering their faces approached the crowd.’
    • ‘Hayden pulled down the visor of his helmet as the sun rose higher.’
    • ‘The Health Board is to write again to the GAA urging it to make the wearing of helmets with visors compulsory in hurling following the revelation that four eyes have been blinded due to hurling injuries in Waterford and Cork since June.’
    • ‘This person was wearing black clothing and had a dark-tinted visor on their helmet.’
    • ‘Most fortunately, the visor on my helmet was down and I suffered only a momentary loss of vision.’
    • ‘From helmet, visors / sunglasses to raincoat, latex gloves or waterproof pants, vests and boots - we got to have them all or else you are going to travel cold, shivering and unable to focus.’
    • ‘Amanda wiped her sleeve across her face and adjusted her helmet visor, which she'd decided to wear for the special occasion.’
    • ‘The troops will be equipped with modern flame-retardant suits, helmets and visors and special public order long batons and shields.’
    • ‘Tests showed the gadget, which riders attach to the inside of fixed visors on their helmets to act as sunglasses, only let through three per cent of light.’
    • ‘As I turned onto the nearly empty streets I opened the visor on my full-face helmet to help get some air.’
    • ‘They all unsealed their helmets and opened their visors.’
    • ‘Pulling the visor up on the helmet I repeated my previous statement and smacked him on the arm.’
    1. 1.1 A screen for protecting the eyes from unwanted light, especially one at the top of a vehicle windscreen.
      ‘the phone fits in the driver's visor’
      • ‘The soldier's visors automatically adjusted the light for them after a few moments.’
      • ‘If your doctor suggests that you try light therapy, you will use a special light box or a light visor that you wear on your head like a cap.’
      • ‘Instead of giving up books, she figured out that if she used a dental visor with a strong light and a magnifying glass, she could read for a few hours.’
      • ‘Vix activated her rearview screen in her visor and gasped as Troy held off a pair of fighters with bursts of chaingun and plasma cannon fire.’
      • ‘It clips to pockets, lapels, vehicle visors, gun cases - almost anywhere.’
      • ‘In her experiments she either stood face-to-face with them - protected by a plastic visor - or she used photos.’
      • ‘When you are looking for a replacement part, be it a replacement visor or a clutch master cylinder, the array of available sources can be hard to sift through.’
      • ‘South-facing classrooms required solar protection and, to maintain daylighting, horizontal visors were designed to act as reflectors, bouncing light up on to the ceiling.’
      • ‘Light visors, which are worn like caps and provide patients with increased portability, are another available source of light therapy.’
      • ‘They placed the gel electrodes to their temples and the strobe visor in front of their eyes.’
      • ‘A person could place his hand in an x-ray beam before a luminescent screen and view his own bones through a hooded visor.’
      • ‘In hot weather, a visor is cooler than a cap, because it doesn't trap the heat.’
      • ‘The Sweep is available in both road and mountain versions; the only difference is a tidy plastic visor stuck onto the front of the off-road model.’
      • ‘In another scene, bright light glints off the visors of scores of young-looking cops in full riot regalia shifting uneasily in the sun, as a dull rumble grows from somewhere offscreen.’
      • ‘Light therapy is the recommended first-line treatment for SAD. Light boxes are most often used for light therapy, but dawn light simulation and light visors are also available.’
      • ‘This is why many pros wear sunglasses or visors / caps when playing, they know that the eyes rarely lie.’
      • ‘The glass of the screen shattered as well as the visor.’
      • ‘Others use light visors, sunglasses-like visors with small lights inside.’
      • ‘Consider, for example, an automotive visor, It is a two-piece part (excluding the mounting hardware).’
      • ‘Then I added a few other odds and ins such as euro lights, window visors, floor mats, racing pedals, and headlight covers.’
    2. 1.2North American A stiff peak at the front of a cap.
      as modifier ‘a visor cap’
      • ‘The visor of his cap is pulled low over his brow, so that he tilts back his skull to see.’
      • ‘Black accessories now matched the other services, and a black trouser stripe, with gold chin strap and visor cap embroidery, identified officers.’
      • ‘Add shades and a visor style hat and you have the perfect beach look with your hair being conditioned while you play.’
      • ‘‘A lot of the kids tend to be wearing the visor beanies right now,’ says avid snowboarder and Plush manager, Aaron Long.’
      • ‘Caps are 12.5 oz. wool blend and have buckram-backed front panels, pre-curved visors, and grey undervisors.’
      • ‘I chuckled to myself while I walked toward the car and jumped in, glancing in the rearview mirror to smooth my hair back and slip on a visor cap and my new sunglasses.’
      • ‘‘When people see Tiger Woods and almost everyone else wearing visors and caps at the U.S. Open, that affects the business’ he observes.’
      • ‘Her black hat, with a small visor in the front, wrapped around her bobbed purple-red hair.’
      • ‘And I said, no, not a visor cap, but a golfer's cap, like my dad would wear.’
      • ‘I put on my brown bomber jacket and my white beanie with the visor on the front.’
      • ‘They boy was also dressed in baggy clothes, although instead of a baseball cap he was wearing a flipped white visor cap.’
      • ‘The visor of his cap was pulled low, obscuring most of his face, but his upturned collar gave him away.’
      • ‘I saw them in the mall at Zumiez the last time I went with Jules… A visor beanie, or something like that…’
      • ‘It is a six-panel constructed mid-crown, 100% cotton twill front and visor with heavy garment wash.’
      • ‘The attacker was black, about 5ft, and wore dark clothing and a dark baseball cap with the NBA insignia on its front and visor.’
      • ‘Elizabeth gave the visor of her youngest son's cap a firm knock even as she smiled.’
      • ‘I am quickly surrounded by retired Americans wearing green visor hats, honeymooning couples, and a multitude of cameras.’
      • ‘He is the one with the visor beanie, and he's really hot, too, just like the rest of them, in a quiet, modest way that is radically different from his brother.’
      peak, bill, projection, shield, shade
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  • 2historical A mask.

    • ‘The young Spellweaver could barely make out his face, which was masked by a full visor.’
    disguise, veil, false face, domino, stocking mask, fancy dress
    face mask, protective mask, gas mask, oxygen mask, fencing mask, iron mask, ski mask, dust mask
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French viser, from Old French vis ‘face’, from Latin visus (see visage).