- 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.
An example of one-point perspective.
- of perspective
- drawn in perspective
Origin of perspectiveMiddle English ; from Late Latin perspectivus ; from Classical Latin perspicere, to look through ; from per, through + 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 of perspectiveME perspectif < ML (ars) perspectiva, perspective (art)
- 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. An understanding of how aspects of a subject relate to each other and to the 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 of perspectiveMiddle 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.
- A view, vista or outlook.
- The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision.
- The technique of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.
- (figuratively) The choice of a single angle or point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience.
- The ability to consider things in such relative perspective
- A perspective optical glass, as used in a telescope.
- Not a perspective, but a mirror. — Sir Thomas Browne.
- By analogy, sound recording technique to adjust and integrate sound sources seemingly naturally
(comparative more perspective, superlative most perspective)
- of, in or relating to perspective
- a perspective drawing
Middle English, attested since 1381, 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 influenced or mediated by Italian prospettiva, from prospetto (“prospect”).