bird's-eye

noun
\ˈbərdz-ˌī \

Definition of bird's-eye 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous plants with small bright-colored flowers especially : a speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

2a : 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

adjective

Definition of bird's-eye (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : marked with spots resembling birds' eyes

2 : having or involving a bird's-eye view bird's-eye perspective

Synonyms & Antonyms for bird's-eye

Synonyms: Adjective

all-around (also all-round), broad, general, nonspecific, overall

Antonyms: Adjective

close-up, delineated, detailed, molecular, particularized, specific

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First Known Use of bird's-eye

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bird's-eye

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bird's-eye

: seen from high above

bird's-eye

adjective
\ˈbərdz-ˌī\

Kids Definition of bird's-eye

: seen from above as if by a flying bird a bird's-eye view of the city

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