bird's-eye view

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a bird's eye view

1. A view looking down at an object or area from a high elevation (as if from the perspective of a bird in flight). From up here you can get a bird's eye view of the entire campus.
2. A consideration of a problem or situation from a comprehensive perspective. In order to determine why the company was headed towards a fiscal disaster, the CFO had to take a step back and get a bird's eye view of the situation so he could locate the cause of the problem.
See also: eye, view

bird's-eye view

1. Lit. a view seen from high above. We got a bird's-eye view of Cleveland as the plane began its descent. From the top of the church tower you get a splendid bird's-eye view of the village.
2. Fig. a brief survey of something; a hasty look at something. The course provides a bird's-eye view of the works of Mozart, but it doesn't deal with them in enough detail for your purpose. All you need is a bird's-eye view of the events of World War II to pass the test.
See also: view

—'s-eye view

a view from the position or standpoint of the person or thing specified.
The most common versions of this phrase are bird's-eye view (see bird) and worm's-eye view (see worm).
1982 Ian Hamilton Robert Lowell There is a kind of double vision: the child's eye view judged and interpreted by the ironical narrator.
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MOHAMMED AL-SULAMI Arab News took to the skies with the Royal Saudi Air Force on Friday for a bird's-eye view of pilgrims and the measures in place for their safety and security.
You get a bird's-eye view of the country's greatest sights while special effects including wind, mist and aromas add to the experience.
THE organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have invited the world to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the completed "world-class venues" where the Games will be held next year.
Third, students must be able to read a bird's-eye view.
Published to accompany an exhibition held in 2008, this catalog presents full-page color plates of 58 bird's-eye view maps from the exhibition, in an oversized, horizontal format (12x9").
It will help in giving drivers a bird's-eye view and for manoeuvring in parking lots.
said Wednesday it has developed an all-around view monitoring system for large vehicles which gives a driver a bird's-eye view of a vehicle and its surroundings in real time, facilitating safety during parking and turns at intersections.
Students will create an abstract drawing that represents a community from a bird's-eye view.
It will be protected on the sides but the stubborn bird of prey will have openings around the top for a bird's-eye view
The structure culminates with a two-story elevated platform that affords the visitor a bird's-eye view of Oiticica's Eden, 1966-69/2005: From this perspective, the rich sensorial experience of the installation's brightly colored wading pools, plastic tents, cabins, and straw nests appears to resolve into an orchestrated plan of abstract geometric forms.
Multiple viewpoints offer driver's view, bird's-eye view or user-defined viewpoint.
Rawles gives readers a bird's-eye view of true plantation life as we follow Sadie through several masters, a number of states and at least three companions--but only one love.
From the ship's top deck, the visitors got a bird's-eye view of staged equipment that would soon be enroute to Iraq.
A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW Near-infrared light--which is just beyond the red edge of the visible spectrum--can't penetrate dust as well as X rays can.