- The definition of a bird's-eye view is an overall view, as if the viewer were in the sky.
An example of a bird's-eye view is the view of a plain from the top of a mountain.
A bird's-eye view of a beach.
bird's-eye view definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a view or perspective from above or at a distance
- an overall, but cursory, view
bird's-eye view - Phrases/Idioms
An overview, as in This balcony gives us a bird's eye view of the town, or This course gives you a bird's eye view of history—from Eolithic man to the Gulf War in one semester. This expression can be used literally, for a panoramic view such as a bird might see, as well as figuratively. [c. 1600]