American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See field.
- n. optics The angular extent of what can be seen, either with the eye or with an optical instrument or camera.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See under Field.
- n. the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)
“A rough telescope-stand, of common deal, stood on the ledge of the roof, from which the field of view must have been satisfactory enough to the young astronomer.”
“As Flinx looked on, an explosive-laden disc soared upward, growing larger in the field of view until, at the top of its arc, a hastily rigged internal fuse caused it to explode a good thirty meters below the underside of the hovering Teacher.”
“Only my field of view in that dream changes — from blue sky and a stone wall under spreading branches to trenches and barbed wire, to rice paddies and monsoon clouds, to frozen mud along a frozen river, to thick, tropical vegetation which swallows light.”
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