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

  • n. See field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The angular extent of what can be seen, either with the eye or with an optical instrument or camera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. See under Field.

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

  • n. the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)


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  • 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.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • 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.

    Running from the Deity

  • 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.

    Prayers To Broken Stones


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