from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A view or vista.
  • n. A mental view or outlook: "It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present” ( Fabian Linden).
  • n. The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
  • n. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective.
  • n. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.
  • n. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
  • n. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
  • adj. Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A view, vista or outlook.
  • n. The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision.
  • n. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.
  • n. The choice of a single angle or point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience.
  • n. The ability to consider things in such relative perspective
  • n. A perspective optical glass, as used in a telescope.
  • n. By analogy, sound recording technique to adjust and integrate sound sources seemingly naturally
  • adj. providing visual aid
  • adj. of, in or relating to perspective

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the science of vision; optical.
  • adj. Pertaining to the art, or in accordance with the laws, of perspective.
  • n. A glass through which objects are viewed.
  • n. That which is seen through an opening; a view; a vista.
  • n. The effect of distance upon the appearance of objects, by means of which the eye recognized them as being at a more or less measurable distance. Hence, aërial perspective, the assumed greater vagueness or uncertainty of outline in distant objects.
  • n. The art and the science of so delineating objects that they shall seem to grow smaller as they recede from the eye; -- called also linear perspective.
  • n. A drawing in linear perspective.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Optical; used in viewing or prospecting: used especially in the phrase perspective glass—that is, a telescope, and specifically a terrestrial as distinguished from an astronomical telescope.
  • Of or pertaining to the art of representing solid objects upon a flat surface.
  • Represented in perspective; throughly and duly proportioned in its parts; not anamorphous or distorted; true: as, a perspective plan. See II.
  • n. A reflecting glass or combination of glasses producing some kind of optical delusion or anamorphous effect when viewed in one way, but presenting objects in their true forms when viewd in another.
  • n. A magnifying-glass; a telescope; a spy-glass.
  • n. The art of representing solid objects on a flat surface so that when they are viewed the eye is affected in the same manner as it would be by viewing objects themselves from a given point.
  • n. A drawing or representation in perspective; specifically, a painting so placed at the end of an alley, a garden, or the like, as to presenst the appearance of continuing it, and thus produce the impression of greater length or extent. Stage scenic painting is of this nature.
  • n. Prospect; View; Vista.
  • n. Proper or just proportion; appropriate realtion of parts to one another and to the whole view, subject, etc.
  • In geometry, said of two figures when each point of one can be so paired with a point of the other that the joins of all the pairs concur in one point.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer
  • n. a way of regarding situations or topics etc.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, science of optics (influenced by French perspective, perspective), from Medieval Latin perspectīva (ars), feminine of perspectīvus, optical, from perspectus, past participle of perspicere, to inspect : per-, per- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since 1381 (Middle English), from Old - or Middle French, from the first word of the Medieval (Latin) perspectiva ars "science of optics", the feminine of perspectivus "of sight, optical", from perspectus, the past participle of perspicere "to inspect, look through", itself from per- "through" + specere "to look at"; the noun sense was influenaced or mediated by (Italian) prospettiva, from prospetto 'prspect', itself from the above Latin prosecere



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