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Definition of "bird's-eye" [bird's•-eye]

  • A fabric woven with a pattern of small diamonds, each having a dot in the center. (noun)
  • The pattern of such a fabric. (noun)
  • 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. (adjective)
  • Derived from or as if from an altitude or distance; comprehensive: a bird's-eye survey; a bird's-eye view. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bird's-eye" in a sentence
  • "Most importantly, though, the bird's-eye view of Woody Creek gave motorists a glimpse at one of the finest installations of public art in Colorado history: a barn with a blue roof on which had been painted a gigantic middle finger."
  • "For the participants in one of two recreational tree-climbing workshops offered by the garden each year, the class was a combination of grueling upper-body work and dogged, slow progress rewarded with a bird's-eye view of the Bronx."
  • "But the growing muscle of securities firms in the metal-storage business is riling users and traders, who say the firms have both a bird's-eye view of supply and demand and the ability to control what goes in and out of their warehouses."
Words like "bird's-eye"
bird's-eye rot
bird's-eye spot
bird's-eye maple