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

bird's eye view

An overview, as in This balcony gives us a bird's eye view of the town, or This course gives you a bird's eye view of history-from Eolithic man to the Gulf War in one semester . This expression can be used literally, for a panoramic view such as a bird might see, as well as figuratively. [c. 1600]
See also: eye, view

a bird's-eye view

1. If you have a bird's-eye view of a place, you are looking down on it from a high position and can see all of it. His pilot's licence enabled us to have a bird's-eye view of the beautiful countryside.
2. If you have a bird's-eye view of a situation, you know what is happening in all the parts of it. I was a parliamentary journalist, so I had a bird's eye view of the way politicians encourage people to believe in dreams. Note: People often change bird to a word that is relevant to what they are talking about. He seems to have a soldier's eye view. He has a child's eye view of the war based on his own experiences. Compare with a worm's eye view.
See also: view

a bird's-eye view

a general view from above.
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.

a ˌbird’s-eye ˈview (of something)

a good view of something from high above: From the church tower you get a bird’s-eye view of the town.
See also: view
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23 // Composite eye-view render target with back buffer
24 draw full-screen sprite with eye-view render target as texture
Each metavoxel maintains a one-voxel border so texture filtering works (when sampling during the eye-view ray march).
It ray-marches each metavoxel one at a time, blending the results with the eye-view render target to generate the combined result.
The result of the eye-view ray march is a texture with a pre-multiplied alpha channel.
The sample supports having an eye-view render target with a different resolution from the back buffer.
It isn't a pompous recollection of the big battles like El Alamein that are needed, but the worm's eye-view - or rather squaddy's eye-view - of the British at war - sad, funny and just plain interesting at any time from the day of enlistment to demob.
Several children are wearing school uniform - and quite right, too (LDP Maritime No 009 A bright young thing chirrups down her sumptuous stateroom's white phone aboard the pre-war Canadian Pacific's Empress of Britainc 1830-40, steamboats are already a regular sight on the Liverpool waterfront, as are St Nicholas parish church, the signal tower, Town Hall, the CustomA Liver Bird's eye-view over the Port of Liverpool Building in September, 1960, with the south docks in their twilight years.
it takes a CEO's bird's eye-view to coordinate it, to plan it, to make sure it not only fits in with everything else a company is doing, but that it helps those other areas achieve their goals.
This process results in high-quality stereoscopic video that requires far less bandwidth to transmit than two independent eye-views.