Perspective definition

pər-spĕktĭv
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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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The relationship or proportion of the parts of a whole, regarded from a particular standpoint or point in time.
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Drawn in perspective.
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Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective.
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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 mental view or outlook.
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The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
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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.

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Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view.

The perspective of the displaced homemaker.

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The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance.

Tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.

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A specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events, esp. one that shows them in their true relations to one another.
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A distant view; vista.
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The effect of relative distance and position.
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The ability to see things in a true relationship.
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The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision.
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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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The appearance of objects or scenes as determined by their relative distance and positions.
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By analogy, sound recording technique to adjust and integrate sound sources seemingly naturally.
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A picture in perspective.
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The ability to consider things in such relative perspective.
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Of, in or relating to perspective.

A perspective drawing.

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Of perspective.
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The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
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A view or vista.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
perspective
Plural:
perspectives

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