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vista

[vis-tuh] /ˈvɪs tə/
noun
1.
a view or prospect, especially one seen through a long, narrow avenue or passage, as between rows of trees or houses.
2.
such an avenue or passage, especially when formally planned.
3.
a far-reaching mental view:
vistas of the future.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Italian: a view, noun use of feminine of visto (past participle of vedere to see < Latin vidēre)
Related forms
vistaless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See view. 3. prospect, outlook, vision.

Vista

[vis-tuh] /ˈvɪs tə/
noun
1.
a town in SW California.

VISTA

[vis-tuh] /ˈvɪs tə/
noun
1.
a national program in the U.S., sponsored by ACTION, for sending volunteers into poor areas to teach various job skills.
Origin
V(olunteers) i(n) S(ervice) t(o) A(merica)
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Examples for vistas
  • The stunning space vistas and intimate moments with astronauts make for a fascinating flash of interstellar eye candy.
  • But once life reaches the thinking stage and technology is developed, whole new vistas are opened.
  • He wanted castles and vistas and armies, and producers always made him cut that stuff.
  • In some national parks, scenic vistas are obscured by air pollution that drifts in from near and far.
  • Enjoy nature paths, shaded picnic areas and beautiful mountain vistas, as well as an art gallery and nature shop.
  • Increasingly, though, air pollution blurs vistas that once were sharp and rich hued.
  • The high points where land and sea meet provide dramatic vistas of craggy shorelines and pounding oceans.
  • What's more, despite the seeming remoteness of the vistas, the video captures several signs of life.
  • Each building is not so much a discrete object as a complicated succession of vistas.
  • The scope offers a narrow window into the world beyond the tank and presents vistas of carnage and destruction.
British Dictionary definitions for vistas

vista

/ˈvɪstə/
noun
1.
a view, esp through a long narrow avenue of trees, buildings, etc, or such a passage or avenue itself; prospect a vista of arches
2.
a comprehensive mental view of a distant time or a lengthy series of events the vista of the future
Derived Forms
vistaed, adjective
vistaless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Italian: a view, from vedere to see, from Latin vidēre

VISTA

/ˈvɪstə/
noun acronym (in the US)
1.
Volunteers in Service to America; an organization of volunteers established by the Federal government to assist the poor
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Word Origin and History for vistas

vista

n.

1640s, "a view or prospect," from Italian vista "sight, view," noun use of fem. past participle of vedere "see," from Latin videre "to see" (see vision).

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Related Abbreviations for vistas

VISTA

Volunteers in Service to America
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