- Perspective is the way that one looks at something. It is also an art technique that changes the distance or depth of an object on paper.
- An example of perspective is farmer's opinion about a lack of rain.
- An example of perspective is a painting where the railroad tracks appear to be curving into the distance.
- of perspective
- drawn in perspective
Origin: Middle English from Late Latin perspectivus from Classical Latin perspicere, to look through from per, through plush specere, to look: see spy
- the art of picturing objects or a scene in such a way, e.g., by converging lines (), as to show them as they appear to the eye with reference to relative distance or depth
- the appearance of objects or scenes as determined by their relative distance and positions
- the effect of relative distance and position
- the relationship or proportion of the parts of a whole, regarded from a particular standpoint or point in time
- a specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events, esp. one that shows them in their true relations to one another
- the ability to see things in a true relationship
- a picture in perspective
- a distant view; vista
Origin: ME perspectif < ML (ars) perspectiva, perspective (art)
- perspectively adverb
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- a. A view or vista.b. A mental view or outlook: “It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present” (Fabian Linden).
- The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
- a. 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.b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.c. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
- The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
Origin: 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.
- per·specˈtiv·al adjective
- per·specˈtive·ly adverb
perspective - Cultural Definition
In drawing or painting, a way of portraying three dimensions on a flat, two-dimensional surface by suggesting depth or distance.