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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distant view or prospect, especially one seen through an opening, as between rows of buildings or trees.
  • n. An avenue or other passage affording such a view.
  • n. An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects; a broad mental view: "the deep and sweeping vistas these pioneering critics opened up” ( Arthur C. Danto).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A distant view or prospect, especially one seen through some opening, avenue or a passage
  • n. A site offering such a view.
  • n. A vision, a view presented to the mind in prospect or in retrospect by the imagination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A view; especially, a view through or between intervening objects, as trees; a view or prospect through an avenue, or the like; hence, the trees or other objects that form the avenue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A view or prospect, especially through an avenue, as between rows of trees; hence, the trees or other things that form the avenue.
  • n. Hence Figuratively, a vision; a view presented to the mind in prospect or in retrospect by the imagination: as, a vista of pleasure to come; dim vistas of the past.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the visual percept of a region

Etymologies

Italian, from feminine past participle of vedere, to see, from Latin vidēre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian vista ("view, sight"), from visto, past participle of vedere ("to see"), from Latin vidēre, present active infinitive of videō ("I see"). Compare vision, video. (Wiktionary)

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