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Bird's-eye view

Definitions

  • BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF CHICAGO, FROM THE LAKE SIDE
    BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF CHICAGO, FROM THE LAKE SIDE
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bird's-eye view a general view from above, as if by a bird on the wing, a representation of such, a general view or résumé of a subject
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF NEW YORK BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF NEW YORK

Idioms

Bird's eye view - If you have a bird's eye view of something, you can see it perfectly clearly.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brid, the young of a bird, a bird: either from root of Breed (bredan, to breed) or of Birth (beran, to bear).

Usage

In literature:

A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF A BATTLE.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Mounting a staircase, Mr Bright conducted the ladies to a gallery from which they had a bird's-eye view of the entire hall.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
A tall tree, a squirrel, and a bird's-eye view flashed into her brain at the same moment.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
The bow, as in Figure 3; and a bird's-eye view, as in Figure 4.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
In this outline map, a bird's-eye view is presented of the entire position in this vicinity.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
On the way I was taken up to "Gibraltar" observation post to get a bird's-eye view of the line.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
It was difficult to get a vivid impression of a personality from a bird's-eye view out of a small upper window.
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
From this point one gets a bird's-eye view of the whole lake.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
His bird's-eye view by candle-light must have been very extensive.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
In the afternoon I ascended the western hill, from which I obtained a fine bird's-eye view of the town.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
In the center of the screen was a bird's-eye view of a man holding a rifle.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
In a bird's-eye view of Southwark, including St. Saviour's Church 'as it appeared' in 1543, the buttresses are absent.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral" by George Worley
He was on the rigging with the captain, from which they had a bird's-eye view of the battle.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
On emerging from the ravine, we obtained a bird's-eye view of the whole scene.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
Bird's-eye view of part of the Monastery of Citeaux.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
From the tower at Belvidere, a magnificent piece of architecture, in the Norman style, may be obtained a fine bird's-eye view of the Park.
"Peculiarities of American Cities" by Willard Glazier
As we take a bird's eye view of Israel's history in England, we see at once that it falls into three distinct periods.
"The Allied Countries and the Jews" by Hyman Gerson Enelow
Let me enumerate the facts so as to get a sort of bird's-eye view of the situation.
"Final Proof" by R. Ottolengui
Fortunately, the configuration of the cliffs above the ruin makes it possible to get a fine bird's-eye view from the rim of the mesa.
"Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Anonymous
His gaze was fixed on Monte Carlo, a bird's-eye view of which lay at our feet.
"The Enemies of Women" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
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In news:

A bird's eye view in Mattapan.
Bird's eye view of nature from the seat of a tractor.
MP3 Download MP3 - 120915 Bird's Eye View I.
From its lofty outlook, this Red-tailed Hawk commands "a bird's eye view.".
Young "Minnie Mouse" gets a bird's eye view of the action on Merrimack Street SUN/David H Brow.
Family of hawks has bird's eye view at Ballwin baseball complex.
Middleman Scales Mountains to See Bird's Eye View.
Bird's-Eye View of The Truth.
Birder 's Eye View: You've got to look at every bird.
Birder 's Eye View: Birds show bright summer plumage as birder sets off for Alaska.
Birder 's Eye View: From platforms to rims in the sand, birds plot perfect hatching grounds.
Seagull Gives us a Bird's Eye View From Stolen Video Camera.
Seagull Gives us a Bird's Eye View From Stolen Video Camera.
If you have ever looked out the window while landing at Dulles Airport in the Washington, DC suburbs, then you've had a bird's-eye view of my hometown of Sterling, Virginia.
Heron gets bird's-eye view of Gulfport.
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