Perspective meaning

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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.

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A picture in perspective.
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Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective.
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The art of picturing objects or a scene in such a way, e.g., by converging lines (linear perspective), as to show them as they appear to the eye with reference to relative distance or depth.
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Drawn in perspective.
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The relationship or proportion of the parts of a whole, regarded from a particular standpoint or point in time.
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The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision.
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Of perspective.
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The ability to consider things in such relative perspective.
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The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
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Of, in or relating to perspective.

A perspective drawing.

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(figuratively) The choice of a single angle or point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience.
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A perspective optical glass, as used in a telescope.

Not a perspective, but a mirror. "” Sir Thomas Browne.

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By analogy, sound recording technique to adjust and integrate sound sources seemingly naturally.
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A distant view; vista.
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The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
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Origin of perspective

  • 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 spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary