- an act, ceremony, or occasion of seeing, watching, or inspecting: the viewing of a corpse.
- an instance of watching television: Which channel offers the best viewing?
Origin of viewing
- an instance of seeing or beholding; visual inspection.
- sight; vision.
- range of sight or vision: Several running deer came into the view of the hunters.
- a sight or prospect of a landscape, the sea, etc.: His apartment affords a view of the park.
- a picture or photograph of something: The postcard bears a view of Vesuvius.
- a particular manner of looking at something: From a practical view, the situation presents several problems.
- contemplation or consideration of a matter with reference to action: a project in view.
- aim, intention, or purpose.
- prospect; expectation: the view for the future.
- a sight afforded of something from a position stated or qualified: a bird's-eye view.
- a general account or description of a subject.
- a conception of a thing; opinion; theory: His view was not supported by the facts.
- a survey; inspection: a view of Restoration comedy.
- to see; watch: to view a movie.
- to look at; survey; inspect: to view the construction of a road.
- to contemplate mentally; consider: to view the repercussions of a decision.
- to regard in a particular light or as specified: She views every minor setback as a disaster.
- Fox Hunting. to sight (a fox).
- in view,
- within range of vision.
- under consideration.
- as an end sought: She went over the material with the scholarship examination in view.
- in view of, in consideration of; on account of: In view of the circumstances, it seems best to wait until tomorrow.
- on view, in a place for public inspection; on exhibition: The latest models of automobiles are now on view.
- with a view to,
- with the aim or intention of.
- with the expectation or hope of: They saved their money with a view to being able to buy a house someday.
Origin of view
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Examples from the Web for viewing
In 1956, Balenciaga and Givenchy banned the press from viewing their collections for a month to prevent counterfeiting.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
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On the other hand, they are viewing their donors, and their future children, not as whole people but as the sum of certain parts.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank
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There are eight decks, linked by four elevators, and 14 viewing platforms.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
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The second question was about viewing the world in strictly black-and-white (or red-and-blue) terms.The Right-Wing Crusade Against KStew: How Fear Factories Like Breitbart and Fox Distort News
October 16, 2014
It is, perhaps, with that in mind that some are viewing the current series of charges being lobbed at the candidate.No Shaking Sexual Harassment Allegations for Gay GOP House Hopeful
October 12, 2014
We have been viewing the youth from the standpoint of his fellow-students.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
They were all waiting and viewing each other gravely as they waited.
This may be a good solution, viewing the problem as a conundrum: but it is not scientific.A Tangled Tale
That way of viewing and judging of the matter will be very suitable.The Republic
We see the advantage of viewing in the concrete what mankind regard only in the abstract.Sophist
- the act of watching television
- television programmes collectivelylate-night viewing
- the act of seeing or observing; an inspection
- vision or sight, esp range of visionthe church is out of view
- a scene, esp of a fine tract of countrysidethe view from the top was superb
- a pictorial representation of a scene, such as a photograph
- (sometimes plural) opinion; thoughtmy own view on the matter differs from yours
- chance or expectationthe policy has little view of success
- (foll by to) a desired end or intentionhe has a view to securing further qualifications
- a general survey of a topic, subject, etca comprehensive view of Shakespearean literature
- visual aspect or appearancethey look the same in outward view
- a formal inspection by a jury of the place where an alleged crime was committed
- a formal inspection of property in dispute
- a sight of a hunted animal before or during the chase
- in view of taking into consideration
- on view exhibited to the public gaze
- take a dim view of or take a poor view of to regard (something) with disfavour or disapproval
- with a view to
- with the intention of
- in anticipation or hope of
- (tr) to look at
- (tr) to consider in a specified mannerthey view the growth of Communism with horror
- (tr) to examine or inspect carefullyto view the accounts
- (tr) to survey mentally; contemplateto view the difficulties
- to watch (television)
- (tr) to sight (a hunted animal) before or during the chase
Word Origin and History for viewing
"last presentation of a dead body before the funeral," 1944, verbal noun from view (v.).
early 14c., "formal inspection or survey" (of land); mid-14c., "visual perception," from Anglo-French vewe "view," from Old French veue, noun use of fem. past participle of veoir "to see," from Latin videre "to see" (see vision). Sense of "manner of regarding something" first recorded early 15c. Meaning "sight or prospect of a landscape, etc." is recorded from c.1600.