- The definition of aspect refers to the way you see something or someone, either visually or mentally.
The Old Faithful geyser is an example of one aspect of the experience of Yellowstone Park.
- Aspect is defined as a way to regard a part of an idea or problem.
The cost of materials is an example of an aspect of a building project.
- the way a person appears; looks; mien
- the appearance of a thing as seen from a specific point; view
- any of the possible ways in which an idea, problem, etc. may be regarded: consider all aspects of the war
- a component part or quality; element: aspects of her personality
- a facing in a given direction
- a side facing in a given direction; exposure: the eastern aspect of the house
- Archaic a glance; gaze
- Astrol. the position of stars, planets, etc. in relation to each other or to the observer, as an influence on human affairs
- a characteristic of verbs, expressed in some languages by inflection, indicating the nature of an action as being completed or single (called perfective or nonprogressive aspect), or as being uncompleted, repeated, or habitual (called imperfective or progressive aspect); also, an analytic category based on this characteristic
- any of the forms a verb takes to indicate this characteristic
- Physics the position of a plane (flat surface) in relation to a liquid or gaseous substance through which it is moving or which is moving past it
Origin of aspectMiddle English ; from Classical Latin aspectus, past participle of aspicere, to look at ; from ad-, to, at + specere, to look: see spy
- a. A way in which something can be viewed by the mind: looked at all aspects of the situation.b. A characteristic or feature of something: a novel with many unusual aspects.
- A particular look or facial expression; mien: “He was serious of aspect but wholly undistinguished” (Louis Auchincloss).
- Appearance to the eye, especially from a specific vantage point: “many small unsightly hillocks &ellipsis; that had the aspect of graves” (Edgar Allan Poe).
- A position facing or commanding a given direction; exposure: a building with a southern aspect.
- A side or surface facing in a particular direction: the ventral aspect of the body.
- a. The configuration of the stars, constellations, or planets in relation to one another.b. This configuration, thought by astrologers to influence human affairs.
- Grammar a. A property of verbs in which the action or state is related to the passage of time, especially in reference to completion, duration, or repetition.b. A set or category of verb forms indicating such a relation.
- Archaic An act of looking or gazing.
Origin of aspectMiddle English, from Latin aspectus, a view, from past participle of aspicere, to look at : ad-, ad- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
- The way something appears when viewed in a certain manner.
- One's appearance or expression. [from 16th c.]
- Position or situation with regard to seeing; that position which enables one to look in a particular direction; position in relation to the points of the compass.
- The house has a southern aspect, i.e. a position which faces the south.
- Prospect; outlook.
- (grammar) A grammatical quality of a verb which determines the relationship of the speaker to the internal temporal flow of the event the verb describes, or whether the speaker views the event from outside as a whole, or from within as it is unfolding. [from 19th c.]
- (astrology) The relative position of heavenly bodies as they appear to an observer on earth; the angular relationship between points in a horoscope. [from 14th c.]
- Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
- His aspect was bent on the ground.
- Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
- the aspect of affairs
- (computing, programming) In aspect-oriented programming, a feature or component that can be applied to parts of a program independent of any inheritance hierarchy.