from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fabric woven with a pattern of small diamonds, each having a dot in the center.
- n. The pattern of such a fabric.
- adj. Marked with a spot or spots resembling a bird's eye or eyes, as the bird's-eye maple or a blue flower having a small circular yellow center.
- adj. Derived from or as if from an altitude or distance; comprehensive: a bird's-eye survey; a bird's-eye view.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having spots resembling the eyes of a bird
- adj. As if viewed from an altitude; panoramic
- n. A fabric having a pattern of small circles or diamonds with a spot in each centre
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Seen from above, as if by a flying bird; embraced at a glance; hence, general; not minute, or entering into details.
- adj. Marked with spots resembling bird's eyes.
- n. A plant with a small bright flower, as the Adonis or pheasant's eye, the mealy primrose (Primula farinosa), and species of Veronica, Geranium, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: The pheasant's-eye, Adonis autumnalis.
- n. The speedwell, Veronica Chamædrys: so named from its bright-blue flower.
- n. A species of primrose, Primula farinosa.
- n. A fine kind of tobacco, partly manufactured from the leafstalks of the plant, and forming, when ready for use, a loose fibrous mass with thin slices of stalk interspersed, the latter marked somewhat like a bird's eye.
- Seen from above, as if by a flying bird; embraced at a glance; hence, general; not minute or entering into details: as, a bird's-eye landscape; a bird's-eye view of a subject.
- Resembling a bird's eye; having spots or markings somewhat resembling birds' eyes.
- n. plural A Californian wild flower, Gilia tricolor, sometimes carpeting whole slopes.
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- adj. as from an altitude or distance
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Most importantly, though, the bird's-eye view of Woody Creek gave motorists a glimpse at one of the finest installations of public art in Colorado history: a barn with a blue roof on which had been painted a gigantic middle finger.
For the participants in one of two recreational tree-climbing workshops offered by the garden each year, the class was a combination of grueling upper-body work and dogged, slow progress rewarded with a bird's-eye view of the Bronx.
But the growing muscle of securities firms in the metal-storage business is riling users and traders, who say the firms have both a bird's-eye view of supply and demand and the ability to control what goes in and out of their warehouses.
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And the vision: you couldn't be the same person after flying over the highest peaks in the world, or beholding a bird's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef.
From this bird's-eye view he realized the monstrous confusion of their excited workings.
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