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
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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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