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Origin: It, sight, view, fr. Vedere, p. P. Visto, veduto, to see, fr. L. Videre, visum. See View, Vision.

A view; especially, a view through or between intervening objects, as trees; a view or prospect through an avenue, or the like; hence, the trees or other objects that form the avenue. The finished garden to the view Its vistas opens, and its alleys green. (Thomson) In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows. (Burke) The shattered tower which now forms a vista from his window. (Sir W. Scott) The visual percept of a region; the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views.