Definitions for Perspectivepərˈspɛk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•spec•tivepərˈspɛk tɪv(n.)

  1. a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface.

    Category: Fine Arts

    Ref: Compare linear perspective.

  2. a picture employing this technique.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. a visible scene, esp. one extending to a distance; vista.

  4. the manner in which objects appear to the eye in respect to their relative positions and distance.

  5. one's mental view of facts, ideas, etc., and their interrelationships:

    to have a clear perspective of a situation.

  6. the ability to see all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship.

  7. a mental view or prospect.

  8. (adj.)of perspective, or represented according to its laws.

Idioms for perspective:

  1. in perspective,in a true or meaningful proportion or relationship:

    Instead of overreacting, keep things in perspective.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of perspective:

1350–1400; ME < ML perspectīva (ars) optical (science), perspectīvus optical = L perspect-, ptp. s. of perspicere to look at closely (see per -, inspect ) +-īvus -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. position, view, perspective(noun)

    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.

    "consider what follows from the positivist view"

  2. perspective, linear perspective(noun)

    the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. perspective(noun)ərˈspɛk tɪv

    sb's view

    my perspective on life; Try to see things from David's perspective.

  2. perspectiveərˈspɛk tɪv

    the ability to judge sth in a sensible or logical way

    a sense of perspective; He seems to have lost all perspective.; It is hard for people who suddenly become rich to keep things in perspective.

  3. perspectiveərˈspɛk tɪv

    drawing things so that they have the correct or natural relationship to each other

    The perspective in the painting is not quite right.


  1. perspective(Noun)

    A view, vista or outlook.

  2. perspective(Noun)

    The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision.

  3. perspective(Noun)

    The technique of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.

  4. perspective(Noun)

    The choice of a single angle or point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience.

  5. perspective(Noun)

    The ability to consider things in such relative perspective

  6. perspective(Noun)

    A perspective optical glass, as used in a telescope.

    Not a perspective, but a mirror. uE000101581uE001 Sir Thomas Browne.

  7. perspective(Noun)

    By analogy, sound recording technique to adjust and integrate sound sources seemingly naturally

  8. perspective(Adjective)

    providing visual aid

  9. perspective(Adjective)

    of, in or relating to perspective

  10. Origin: Recorded since 1381 (), from Old - or , from the first word of the Medieval () 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 influenaced or mediated by () prospettiva, from prospetto 'prspect', itself from the above Latin prosecere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perspective(noun)

    of or pertaining to the science of vision; optical

  2. Perspective(noun)

    pertaining to the art, or in accordance with the laws, of perspective

  3. Perspective(adj)

    a glass through which objects are viewed

  4. Perspective(adj)

    that which is seen through an opening; a view; a vista

  5. Perspective(adj)

    the effect of distance upon the appearance of objects, by means of which the eye recognized them as being at a more or less measurable distance. Hence, aerial perspective, the assumed greater vagueness or uncertainty of outline in distant objects

  6. Perspective(adj)

    the art and the science of so delineating objects that they shall seem to grow smaller as they recede from the eye; -- called also linear perspective

  7. Perspective(adj)

    a drawing in linear perspective


  1. Perspective

    Perspective in the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate representation, on a flat surface, of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects are drawn: ⁕Smaller as their distance from the observer increases ⁕Foreshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of sight are relatively shorter than dimensions across the line of sight

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Perspective' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3172

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Perspective' in Nouns Frequency: #1166

Translations for Perspective

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the way of drawing solid objects, natural scenes etc on a flat surface, so that they appear to have the correct shape, distance from each other etc

Early medieval paintings lacked perspective.

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