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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.
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Students interpret what they see in a photograph by producing a bird's-eye view drawing with effective use of color, line, shape, and texture.
The bird's-eye view of the city was evidently successful as Franco produced three variations on the coronation theme by refashioning the frame.
In addition to the bird's-eye view, the monitor allows a driver to observe the left side and rear of the vehicle simultaneously when attempting to parallel park.
The video begins with a bird's-eye view of Beirut before the camera descends to depict street scenes of everyday life.
A series of sensors sited all around the car will provide the information for a dashboard display showing a bird's-eye view of the car and any obstacles.
VALENCIA - A Webcam is offering computer users a bird's-eye view as crews complete the city's new ``green'' transit headquarters - a environmentally friendly facility that includes offices erected from straw bales, officials said Monday.
It's too early to say how important UV vision is for egg recognition, the team cautions, but it's time for a bird's-eye view.
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It seemed like a good idea to use the power of the Web to share our bird's-eye view with everyone else," said Richard J.
Thus, in Fault Fold (Cairo), 2005, a twenty-foot-tall digital black-and-white photocopy glued directly to the wall and stretched over parts of the ceiling, two very different perspectives meet: The camera's POV--a bird's-eye view of high-rises in Cairo that, from this angle, look rather like models--is counteracted by the upward-looking perspective one must inevitably experience when looking at a photo tapestry that extends up to and onto the ceiling.
It includes five full-service bars, three lounges, even a Ferris wheel for a bird's-eye view of the sprawling Village below.
However, one photograph, by Nebojsa Seric-Shoba, balances out the otherwise superficial commentary on killing: a bird's-eye view of geometrically arranged piles of the dead at Auschwitz--killing as an endeavor rationally and functionally carried out.
A bird's-eye view of the study, presenting the study focus, the methodology used throughout the course of the study, key findings, and a profile of participants.
Alys's themes converge in the video Zocalo, May 20, 1999, which offers a dawn-to-dusk, bird's-eye view of Mexico City's main square.