bird's eye

Definitions

  • BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF CHICAGO, FROM THE LAKE SIDE
    BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF CHICAGO, FROM THE LAKE SIDE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bird's eye Old World plant with axillary racemes of blue-and-white flowers
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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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Usage

In literature:

I have a print at home, a bird's-eye view of Washington in 1859, which I will send you if you like.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
He made at once for the highest ground and gathered the island in a bird's-eye view.
"The Flamp, The Ameliorator, and The Schoolboy's Apprentice" by E. V. Lucas
Her eyes were bright and clear as a bird's, and she had a quick, darting way of glancing at one that was like a bird, too.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
Dr. Bird's eyes lighted up as a cup was poured.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
I've jest give Mrs. Campbell a bird's-eye view of your career, so you're coppered on that bet from the start.
"Wunpost" by Dane Coolidge
Josephine's apartment, a comfortable and spacious room, with a fine bird's-eye view of Paris, was empty.
"The Exploits of Juve" by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
I have given you a bird's-eye-view of the country, a small part of which you have started to explore.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska" by Frank Gee Patchin
It was quite a pleasant party, and while we were writing, we had a bird's-eye view of the public reception of the Chief Justice.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In the bird's-eye view above, fig.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
Swiftly he bore the hapless bird to his wife's chamber, his eyes sparkling with malicious glee.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
All this, of course, will greatly change in form, scope, and order; this is just a bird's-eye glance.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We will try to review, or get a bird's-eye view of it as a whole, rather than attempt to go into detail.
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
I passed him the ash-bowl that Mac brought back from Mexico when he went down there to do a bird's-eye view for a mining company.
"Aliens" by William McFee
I usually dislike bird's-eye and panoramic views, but, though from a mountain, this was not one.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
Now, come here and get a bird's-eye view of your new friend.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
The method of employment of the "Mark V" shuttering is well illustrated by the bird's-eye view showing the Newlands cottage under construction.
"Cottage Building in Cob, Pisé, Chalk and Clay" by Clough Williams-Ellis
He got a bird's-eye view of a large deposit of dark-blue ice, got hungry and came home.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
His eyes were sharp, his hearing as acute as a bird's, his sense of smell infallible.
"The Frightened Planet" by Sidney Austen
And, besides, he felt the fascination of Ludovine's eyes, which looked at him as a snake looks at a little bird.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
Her eyes, set deeply in her wrinkled face, were bright and sharp as a bird's, and moved with the same snapping motions.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
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In poetry:

I, too, shrank and shiver'd, and eyed the cold earth,
The cold heaven with comfortless looks:
And I listen'd in vain for the summer bird's mirth,
And the music of rain-plenish'd brooks.
"Gracious Rain" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey
Forgetting selfish fear, her eye
Is fixt upon the scene on high,
With anguish and despair;
The dauntless bird, with wond'rous skill,
A parent's duty to fulfil,
Toils in the troubled air.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
Ill-fated bird!--and does the Thrush's race,
Like Man's, mistake the path that leads to bliss?
Or, when his eye that tranquil path can trace,
The good he well discerns through folly miss?
"Elegy On A Young Thrush," by Helen Maria Williams
They kiss'd, and they parted: 'twas fortune's behest,
Who rules over love with a tyrannous sway;
But the nymph kiss'd her ring, and her bird she carest,
When her eye could no longer Hermossan survey.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
The day was hot and the day was dumb,
Save for cricket's chirr or the bee's low hum,
Not a bird was seen or a butterfly,
And ever till noon was over, the sun
Glared down with a yellow and terrible eye;
"A Thunder Storm" by Susan Coolidge
If joys, and hopes, and earnest throes,
And hearts whose pulse beats still for light
Are given to birds, who but Thee knows
A love-sick soul's exalted flight?
Can souls be tracked by any eye
But His who gave them wings to fly?
"Cock-Crowing" by Henry Vaughan

In news:

A Ferris wheel that once provided a birds-eye view of Jackson's Neverland Ranch has been providing rides for carnival goers throughout middle America this summer.
From cover of "Freedom's Cap": a detail from "Bird's Eye View of the City of Washington with the Capitol in the Foreground," from collection of US Senate.
Verso Paper – A Bird's Eye View.
Bird's Eye View of the Greatest City in the World.
The most moving moment of Bright Eyes' hour-and-three-quarters open-air SXSW set at Auditorium Shores Stage (which borders Austin's Lady Bird Lake reservoir) early Saturday evening wasn't a song.
Fulton residents are back in their homes after an ammonia leak at the former Bird's Eye plant Thursday evening.
NBC 10 gets a bird's eye view of damage from Hurricane Sandy along the Rhode Island coastline.
Cal Ripken to get bird's-eye view of Derek Jeter and Yankees.
In early March, leading thinkers in the private and public sectors gathered in the epicenter of California's Silicon Valley – Palo Alto – to take in a bird's eye view of how social media is affecting governance.
NOAA's National Geodetic Survey website is providing a birds-eye view of some of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Cal Ripken to get bird's- eye view of Derek Jeter and Yankees.
The updated Twitter apps include eight filters to change the look and feel of the photo, including black-and-white and vintage filters , a bird's eye view, crop and zoom tools and auto-enhance.
Granite Peak will once again offer a bird's eye view of the changing fall colors beginning this weekend.
Bird's-eye view of protestors at Mich .
Bird's-eye view of the de Lesseps plan, 1881.
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