skyline

In a city, the row of buildings you can see right at the horizon is called a skyline. The best views of the Manhattan skyline are from New Jersey and Brooklyn.

When you're near a city but not in the center of it, you can really appreciate its skyline. Officially, you don't need a full-fledged city to have a skyline, just an outline of land or buildings along the horizon. Still, when you think of skylines, you probably think of New York or Los Angeles or Shanghai. The word dates from 1824.

Definitions of skyline
  1. noun
    the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
    synonyms: apparent horizon, horizon, sensible horizon, visible horizon
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    type of:
    line
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  2. noun
    the outline of objects seen against the sky
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    type of:
    lineation, outline
    the line that appears to bound an object
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