view·​shed | \ ˈvyü-ˌshed How to pronounce viewshed (audio) \

Definition of viewshed

: the natural environment that is visible from one or more viewing points

Examples of viewshed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This project has the potential to negatively impact the historic viewshed of Mount Vernon and natural beauty of Piscataway National Park. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "National Trust’s List of 11 Most Endangered Places includes Route 66, Mount Vernon," 26 June 2018 Examples of such objects are geographic areas including viewsheds and ecosystems. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 Even so, that city has dozens of viewsheds to ensure the Capitol can be seen from myriad locations. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council committee approves protected views for iconic local sites," 18 Apr. 2018 Committee Chairman Roberto Treviño, who supports viewsheds, said the city will benefit economically by protecting its iconic landmarks. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council committee approves protected views for iconic local sites," 18 Apr. 2018 But one of the country’s most iconic viewsheds could soon be changed forever to make room for an energy project favored not just by fossil fuel industry boosters like President Trump, but also Virginia’s Democratic governor. Evan Halper,, "A pipeline that would cut through the iconic Appalachian Trail sparks a fight over natural gas expansion," 14 July 2017 Rural residents are objecting to wind projects to protect their property values and viewsheds. Robert Bryce, Twin Cities, "Robert Bryce: Wind is not the answer," 11 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of viewshed

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viewshed

view + -shed (as in watershed)

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“Viewshed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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