bird's-eye view

noun

Definition of bird's-eye view

1 : a view from a high angle as if seen by a bird in flight
2 : an overall or cursory look at something

Examples of bird's-eye view in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keys loved getting a bird's-eye view of her life, memories and experiences. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "'Alicia': In self-titled album, Alicia Keys offers messages of hope in times of despair," 18 Sep. 2020 Snag one of the tables on the patio or climb up to a perch beneath the soaring rafters, which offers a bird's-eye view of the busy bar. Shannon Sims, New York Times, "36 Hours in Curaçao," 11 Feb. 2020 In terms of calibration, the company must first transform the monocular (single-camera) video stream that most firms have into a bird's-eye view. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How the Coronavirus Could Turn the U.S. Into a Surveillance State," 30 Apr. 2020 Mandarin Oriental New York - New York City Guests at the Mandarin Oriental New York are treated to this bird's-eye view of Central Park from the luxurious bathroom. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Hotels Around the World Share the View From Their Windows for Everyone Stuck at Home," 5 Apr. 2020 Images of the train's layout show a bird's-eye view of an aisle with uniform rows of two seats each to the left and right. Sarah Sarder, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Houston to North Texas high-speed train reveals 'first-class' interior plans," 18 Feb. 2020 This bird's-eye view of Hawaii came from a Japanese aircraft on December 7, 1941, when the first wave of Japanese fighters attacked Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor. National Geographic, "In Jerusalem, whose history takes precedence?," 2 Dec. 2019 Contrast differences between units, buildings, and terrain are too mild when seen from a bird's-eye view (meaning, the majority of your time in an RTS game). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarCraft III Reforged: Not the flavor of chaos we were hoping for," 31 Jan. 2020 The images of animals, plants, and geometric shapes each stretch dozens or hundreds of meters across the desert floor, and some require a bird's-eye view to fully appreciate. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists found 143 more images among the Nazca Lines," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bird's-eye view

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bird's-eye view.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%27s-eye%20view. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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