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bird's-eye

(bûrdz′ī′)
n.
1. A fabric woven with a pattern of small diamonds, each having a dot in the center.
2. The pattern of such a fabric.
adj.
1. 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.
2. Derived from or as if from an altitude or distance; comprehensive: a bird's-eye survey; a bird's-eye view.

bird's-eye

adj
1.
a. seen or photographed from high above
b. summarizing the main points of a topic; summary (esp in the phrase bird's-eye view)
2. having markings resembling birds' eyes
n
3. (Plants) bird's-eye primrose a Eurasian primrose, Primula farinosa, having clusters of purplish flowers with yellow centres
4. (Plants) bird's-eye speedwell the usual US name for germander speedwell
5. (Plants) any of several other plants having flowers of two contrasting colours
6. (Textiles) a pattern in linen and cotton fabrics, made up of small diamond shapes with a dot in the centre of each
7. (Textiles) a linen or cotton fabric with such a pattern

Birds•eye

(ˈbɜrdzˌaɪ)

n.
Clarence, 1886–1956, U.S. inventor and businessman: developer of food-freezing process.

bird's′-eye`



adj., n., pl. -eyes. adj.
1. seen from above; panoramic: a bird's-eye view of the city.
2. superficial; general: a bird's-eye view of ancient history.
3. having markings resembling birds' eyes: bird's-eye tweed.
n.
4. any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa.
5.
a. a pattern in fabric, typically a small diamond with a center dot.
b. a fabric having this pattern.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bird's-eye - as from an altitude or distancebird's-eye - as from an altitude or distance; "a bird's-eye survey"; "a panoramic view"
broad, wide - having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river"
References in classic literature ?
The bird's-eye perspective before her was not so luxuriantly beautiful, perhaps, as that other one which she knew so well; yet it was more cheering.
As for the appearance of Timbuctoo, the reader has but to imagine a collection of billiard-balls and thimbles--such is the bird's-eye view
From this bird's-eye view he realized the monstrous confusion of their excited workings.
From the summit of one of these they had caught a bird's-eye view of its boisterous career for a great distance through the heart of the mountain, with impending rocks and cliffs.
The product of a large store of reading has been here secreted anew for the reader who desires to see, in bird's-eye view, the light and shade of a long and varied period of poetic literature, by way of preparation for Shakespeare, [9] (with a full essay upon whom the volume closes,) explaining Shakespeare, so far as he can be explained by literary antecedents.
As for the rest, every bit was made by her own hands--featherstitched pinning blankets, a crocheted jacket and cap, knitted mittens, embroidered bonnets; slim little princess slips of sensible length; underskirts on absurd Lilliputian yokes; silk-embroidered white flannel petticoats; stockings and crocheted boots, seeming to burgeon before her eyes with wriggly pink toes and plump little calves; and last, but not least, many deliciously soft squares of bird's-eye linen.