view·​shed ˈvyü-ˌshed How to pronounce viewshed (audio)
: the natural environment that is visible from one or more viewing points

Examples of viewshed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wind farm would undo Minidoka’s potential for public education and forever disrupt the remote and desolate viewshed that visitors experience now. Tamiko Nimura, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 Visual simulations prepared as part of the federal review process suggest the machines wouldn’t fundamentally change the viewshed. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 This project has the potential to negatively impact the historic viewshed of Mount Vernon and natural beauty of Piscataway National Park. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, 26 June 2018 Examples of such objects are geographic areas including viewsheds and ecosystems. Abe Streep, Outside Online, 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, 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, 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,, 14 July 2017 Rural residents are objecting to wind projects to protect their property values and viewsheds. Robert Bryce, Twin Cities, 11 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History


view + -shed (as in watershed)

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viewshed was in 1970

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“Viewshed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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