sight line


Definition of sight line

: a line extending from an observer's eye to a viewed object or area (such as a stage) a theater with excellent sight lines

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There were good sight lines and ample bathrooms, and even the weather was nice. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Expanding Their Ska Festival In Its Second Year," 24 July 2019 Bodies poured into the space, quickly exposing the limitations of the location - from bulky stage set-up to poor sight lines for those that weren’t included in the first 100 let in. Jessi Roti,, "Ahead of album release, Chance the Rapper turns Garfield Park Conservatory into club for 500 people," 26 July 2019 Teams in the past had been reluctant to extend the netting, fearing fans would complain about sight lines. Arash Markazi, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers to extend protective netting to the foul poles in August," 23 July 2019 The tests allowed Dixon to provide feedback about entering and exiting the cockpit as well as comment on any issues regarding sight lines. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon tests IndyCar's Aeroscreen prototype in simulator," 2 July 2019 In absurd behavior now normalized, the USS McCain was relocated to be out of the president’s sight line. Elaine Ayala,, "Trip overseas helps widen teens' world," 18 June 2019 Like the Crosstrek, sight lines from the driver's seat are excellent. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "It watches you drive: Subaru Forester review," 11 June 2019 Teams have been reluctant to install more netting out of fear fans would complain that their sight lines are compromised, notably season-ticket holders who bought their tickets expecting a particular experience. Jorge Castillo,, "Dodgers plan to extend protective netting in wake of fan injuries," 24 June 2019 Banff Avenue—to line up with postcard-perfect sight lines of Cascade Mountain. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of sight line

1753, in the meaning defined above

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