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 The bird's-eye view amplified the jaggedness of the cliffs, the turquoise of the waves, and the frothy white of the sea spray. Sarah Bruning, Travel + Leisure, "Why Driving the Great Ocean Road Is The Trip I’ve Dreamed About Most During COVID," 9 Apr. 2021 Ring unveiled a new advanced video doorbell that uses radar to better detect objects and provide a bird's-eye view. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Ring's next video doorbell uses radar and includes a bird's-eye view," 24 Feb. 2021 The radar also powers a new bird's-eye view to give homeowners an aerial view of their property and a map of when an event triggering the motion detection started. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Ring's next video doorbell uses radar and includes a bird's-eye view," 24 Feb. 2021 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

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First Known Use of bird's-eye view

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Apr 2021

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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