• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bird's-eye as from an altitude or distance "a bird's-eye survey","a panoramic view"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little overhang of bone and feathers over an eagle's eye is there to protect the sensitive eyeball from the mountain and desert sun. It's not meant to make the bird look fierce.
    • n Bird's-eye (Bot) A plant with a small bright flower, as the Adonis or pheasant's eye, the mealy primrose (Primula farinosa), and species of Veronica, Geranium, etc.
    • Bird's-eye Marked with spots resembling bird's eyes; as, bird's-eye diaper; bird's-eye maple.
    • Bird's-eye Seen from above, as if by a flying bird; embraced at a glance; hence, general; not minute, or entering into details; as, a bird's-eye view.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bird's-eye a kind of tobacco
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Bird's eye view - If you have a bird's eye view of something, you can see it perfectly clearly.


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).


In literature:

They knew all about it; for one of them had peeped out and taken a bird's-eye view.
"Fairy Book" by Sophie May
The bird's cruel eyes regarded him steadily.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
This is a case of the imaginary place due to perspective, to bird's-eye view, to some reminiscence.
"The Spirit of Rome" by Vernon Lee
But the bird's-eye view of the city is a marvel in its perfection and comprehensiveness.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
When she got seated in the carriage, she fixed her large dark eyes on Mrs. Bird's face, and seemed going to speak.
"Pictures and Stories from Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Unknown
It is a bird's-eye view in perspective of the south-western part of the palace.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Our view of the moon's surface is a bird's-eye view.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
It was quite a bird's-eye prospect.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
Dr. Bird's eyes continually searched the swamps on both sides of the road.
"Poisoned Air" by Sterner St. Paul Meek

In poetry:

That's how one strokes a cat or bird
Or looks at slender lady riders…
Just laughter in his quiet eyes,
Beneath his light gold lashes.
"In The Evening" by Anna Akhmatova
They cowered, for dread in his wakened eyes
The ancient wrath to see;
And the bird flew out of the dead Christ's hair,
And lit on a lemon-tree.
"The Ballad Of God-Makers" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Little Cyrus, 't is many a day
Since one with just your own sweet eyes,
And a voice as rich as a bird's in May,
(Gently she kisses the boy and sighs,)
"Little Cyrus" by Alice Cary
For the space of a heart-beat fluttered her breath,
As a bird's wing spread to flee;
She turned her weary arms to Death,
And the light of her eyes to me.
"Triumph" by Henry Cuyler Bunner
But some know Love at the enchanted hour:
They hear him singing like a bird afar,
They see him coming like a falling star,
They meet his eyes, and all their world's in flower.
"A Song Of Love's Coming" by Ethel Clifford
We shall have known the challenge of the dark.
The throb of dawn before the first bird sings.
And, looking deep into each other's eyes.
Have read the knowledge of the hidden things.
"A Song Of The Way" by Ethel Clifford

In news:

Take a bird's eye view.
Granite Peak will once again offer a bird's eye view of the changing fall colors beginning this weekend.
SYRACUSE — From a bird's eye view high above the 250-acre Black Island Farms, a unique pattern is visible in the rows of corn.
Rich May celebrated its 75th anniversary with live music and a bird's eye view of the city skyline at the Boston College Club in the Financial District.
Be among the first to view (bird's eye, as it were) Duke Ellington and Stephane Grappelli playing a medley that includes "Solitude," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)".
Glide Over Pennsylvania for a Bird's-Eye View.
Watch the video above to see the bird's eye view.
This year, get a birds eye view of the changing leaves from Vail's Eagle Bahn Gondola .
Gunner recalls 26 bombing missions with bird's-eye view of war.
Not all birds see like a hawk, but every bird's eyes are amazing.
Out of the machine's leaf pattern stared the embedded garnet eyes of birds, squirrels, and toads hiding in the foliage.
Here's a very small bird with a very large eye ring .
Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative A bird's-eye view created by the Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative shows the Rivergate Park proposed by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation.
President Michelle Bryan gave some exciting details about the schools ' event from a bird's eye view.
Like a giant float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the bird hovered behind the band, its wingspan massive, its neck stiff, its eyes menacing, its color ever-changing.