Definition of viewer in English:



  • 1A person who looks at or inspects something.

    • ‘His paintings draw the viewer in, reveal a hint of women's nature but he doesn't give it all away.’
    • ‘You know, a good painting somehow adjusts itself to the requirement of the viewer.’
    • ‘Not only do viewers overlook this one similarity between the species, they do not care.’
    • ‘Their intention was to make paintings that met the viewer as living presences - that were there.’
    • ‘The painting elicits the viewer's identification with her weariness and suffocation in an intimate way.’
    • ‘The viewer is first confronted with a painting depicting a large telephone.’
    • ‘His drawings and paintings challenge the viewer to meet his hopeless aesthetic half way, and then fail.’
    • ‘Through this stripping away, he enables his paintings to relate to the viewer on a human scale and at a pace almost as gradual as life itself.’
    • ‘We all agree that she exerts a degree of independence as she pulls the viewer into the painting to meet her family.’
    • ‘Vettriano's skill lies in his ability to create narrative paintings with which the viewer becomes involved.’
    • ‘The New College Chapel offers even more surprising treasures for the observant viewer.’
    • ‘The trees and their colours in the paintings had a telling effect on viewers.’
    • ‘The paintings of domesticated animals by Dermot Seymour impact the viewer on several levels.’
    • ‘As a practicing Kyudo archer, Ona B. is always on target, never losing sight of the viewers of her works.’
    • ‘The viewer is faced only with the bare-faced reality of the painting on the canvas.’
    • ‘Cortès creates an incredible sense of depth in his painting by controlling the gaze of the viewer in this way.’
    • ‘Her paintings are all from an aerial viewpoint - as a viewer you look down on a washed, subtly disconcerting landscape.’
    • ‘The viewer can either be a hurried spectator or a pensive spectator.’
    • ‘Such paintings court the viewer's curiosity, but make no appeal to feelings of pity, fear, or outrage.’
    watcher, television watcher, spectator, onlooker, observer, non-participant
    witness, eyewitness, looker-on
    audience, crowd
    couch potato
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1A person watching television or a movie.
      • ‘Television viewers probably couldn't last out watching someone doing a full out chart analysis.’
      • ‘It makes its point, calls for a revolution of the couch potatoes, and leaves it up to the viewer to work out how it all fits together.’
      • ‘The BBC would like viewers and listeners to write the words for a new hymn or worship song.’
      • ‘Sport has become entirely dependent on TV money, and TV money eventually is dependent on viewers.’
      • ‘It has picked up 100,000 viewers in the last three weeks, bringing its audience to 900,000.’
      • ‘And viewers of the series witnessed Sarah's fears at giving birth in a strange land.’
      • ‘And you can't complain, viewers, because they told you right at the beginning.’
      • ‘Night after night, viewers tune in to witness their attempts to curb their children's disruptive behaviour.’
      • ‘The crowd are leaving, and I imagine most viewers have, like me, turned it off.’
      • ‘It works successfully for both teenage audiences, with whom it resonates, and older viewers, who grasp the irony.’
      • ‘The last episode of which TV sitcom drew an audience of 8.6 million viewers on Channel 4?’
      • ‘TV stations are holding phone-in therapy sessions for distraught viewers.’
      • ‘This was done in front of a studio audience and thousands of viewers at home.’
      • ‘As the name suggests, viewers will have to decide if they are witnessing theatre or television.’
      • ‘A team of nine celebrities, the studio audience and viewers at home will play to solve a puzzle against a ticking clock.’
      • ‘The series, with an average 15.3 million viewers a week, had its US season finale on Wednesday.’
      • ‘Can you talk about who your viewers are, what audience, or for whom are you making a film, if such a purpose exists?’
      • ‘That could be because viewers have a chance to witness several shows, each one unique in its own way.’
      • ‘It is generally felt that Friday's practice represents poor value for spectators and TV viewers alike.’
      • ‘Questions will come from Winfrey, the studio audience and from viewers via e-mail and phone.’
  • 2A device for looking at slides or similar photographic images.

    • ‘The image display in the viewer window actually is a label widget in the center of the dialog.’
    • ‘I cut the whole thing with a Moviscope, which is just a silent film viewer, and a pair of rewinds.’
    • ‘I use the Linhof optical viewer to visualize images and try different compositions.’
    • ‘Finally, there are some DVD-ROM extras in the form of a screenplay viewer and weblinks.’
    • ‘Web browsers can also be configured to open images with an external viewer.’