bird's-eye

1 of 2

noun

1
: any of numerous plants with small bright-colored flowers
especially : a speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)
2
a
: an allover pattern for textiles consisting of a small diamond with a center dot
b
: a fabric woven with this pattern
3
: a small spot in wood surrounded with an ellipse of concentric fibers

bird's-eye

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adjective

1
: marked with spots resembling birds' eyes
2
: having or involving a bird's-eye view
bird's-eye perspective

Examples of bird's-eye in a Sentence

Adjective a bird's-eye look at the current situation in that part of the world
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Someone with a bird's-eye view of the situation is Mary Daly, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, part of the national system responsible for setting monetary policy, maintaining a stable financial system, and ensuring maximal employment. Will Knight, WIRED, 11 Apr. 2024 Look to integrate any disparate systems for a more unified, bird's-eye view of operations. Nishith Rastogi, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 From December through March, ski or snowshoe the seven-mile South Rim Drive to see a bird's-eye view of the Gunnison River nearly 3,000 feet below. Sarah L. Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 19 Oct. 2023 Additionally, stop near the state line closest to South Lake Tahoe for a scenic gondola ride to Heavenly Ski Resort, home to a viewing platform offering epic bird's-eye views of the lake along with tubing and ice skating. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 Check out one of the Sewanee campus overlooks, such as Morgan's Steep, Green's View, or The Cross, for a bird's-eye view of the changing leaves. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 Sep. 2023 Drones are on the scene in an attempt to get a bird's-eye view of the situation. Eden Villalovas, Washington Examiner, 23 Aug. 2023 After a proper introduction to the area, hop on the gondola at Whiteface Mountain for a bird's-eye view of the colors, or rent a kayak and see the yellows, oranges, and reds from the water. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 19 Aug. 2023 Its cobblestone streets guide visitors along artisanal shops and local eateries, while a walk along the wall itself offers spectacular bird's-eye views of the Adriatic coastline. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bird's-eye was in 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Bird's-eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%27s-eye. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

bird's-eye

adjective
ˈbərd-ˌzī
1
a
: seen from above as if by a flying bird
bird's-eye view
b
: general entry 1 sense 3, cursory
a bird's-eye survey of American history
2
: having spots resembling birds' eyes
bird's-eye maple
also : made of wood containing such spots

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