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1. A fabric woven with a pattern of small diamonds, each having a dot in the center.
2. The pattern of such a fabric.
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.


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
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



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


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.
4. any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa.
a. a pattern in fabric, typically a small diamond with a center dot.
b. a fabric having this pattern.
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.
Another pedestrian had entered from the other end, a man heavily built and clad, with an astrakhan collar to his coat on this warm night, and a black slouch hat that hid his features from my bird's-eye view.
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.