What does aspect mean?

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ˈæs pɛktas·pect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aspect, facetnoun

    a distinct feature or element in a problem

    "he studied every facet of the question"

  2. aspectnoun

    a characteristic to be considered

  3. view, aspect, prospect, scene, vista, panoramanoun

    the visual percept of a region

    "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"

  4. aspectnoun

    the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb

  5. expression, look, aspect, facial expression, facenoun

    the feelings expressed on a person's face

    "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"


  1. aspectnoun

    The act of looking at something; gaze.

  2. aspectnoun

    The relative position of heavenly bodies as they appear to an observer on earth; the angular relationship between points in a horoscope.

  3. aspectnoun

    the way something appears when viewed from a particular direction.

  4. aspectnoun

    One's appearance or expression.

  5. aspectnoun

    A grammatical quality of a verb (in certain, originally specifically Slavic, languages) which determines the relationship of the speaker to the internal temporal flow of the event the verb describes; whether the speaker views the event from outside as a whole, or from within as it is unfolding.

  6. Etymology: From aspectus, from aspicio, from ad- + specio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ASPECTnoun

    Etymology: aspectus, Lat.

    I have presented the tongue under a double aspect, such as may justify the definition, that it is the best and worst part. Government of the Tongue.

    They are both, in my judgment, the image or picture of a great ruin, and have the true aspect of a world lying in its rubbish. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Fairer than fairest, in his faining eye,
    Whose sole aspect he counts felicity. Edmund Spenser, Hymn on Love.

    Those eyes of thine from mine have drawn salt tears,
    Sham’d their aspects with store of childish drops. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    I am fearful: wherefore frowns he thus?
    ’Tis his aspect of terrour. All’s not well. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Yet had his aspect nothing of severe,
    But such a face as promis’d him sincere. John Dryden, Fables.

    Then shall thy Craggs (and let me call him mine)
    On the cast ore another Pollio shine;
    With aspect open shall erect his head. Alexander Pope.

    When an envious or an amorous aspect doth infect the spirits of another, there is joined both affection and imagination. Francis Bacon, Natural Hist. №. 908.

    The setting sun
    Slowly descended; and with right aspect
    Against the eastern gate of paradise,
    Levell’d his ev’ning rays. Paradise Lost, b. iv.

    I have built a strong wall, faced to the south aspect with brick. Jonathan Swift, Last Will.

    The light got from the opposite arguings of men of parts, shewing the different sides of things, and their various aspects and probabilities, would be quite lost, if every one were obliged to assent to, and say after the speaker. John Locke.

    There’s some ill planet reigns,
    I must be patient till the heavens look
    With an aspect more favourable. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Not unlike that which astrologers call a conjunction of planets, of no very benign aspect the one to the other. Henry Wotton.

    To the blank moon
    Her office they prescrib’d: to th’ other five
    Their planetary motions, and aspects,
    In sextile, square, and trine, and opposite. Paradise Lost.

    Why does not every single star shed a separate influence, and have aspects with other stars of their own constellation? Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  2. To Aspectverb

    To behold.

    Etymology: aspicio, Lat.

    Happy in their mistake, those people whom
    The northern pole aspects; whom fear of death
    (The greatest of all human fears) ne’er moves. William Temple.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aspectnoun

    the act of looking; vision; gaze; glance

  2. Aspectnoun

    look, or particular appearance of the face; countenance; mien; air

  3. Aspectnoun

    appearance to the eye or the mind; look; view

  4. Aspectnoun

    position or situation with regard to seeing; that position which enables one to look in a particular direction; position in relation to the points of the compass; as, a house has a southern aspect, that is, a position which faces the south

  5. Aspectnoun

    prospect; outlook

  6. Aspectnoun

    the situation of planets or stars with respect to one another, or the angle formed by the rays of light proceeding from them and meeting at the eye; the joint look of planets or stars upon each other or upon the earth

  7. Aspectnoun

    the influence of the stars for good or evil; as, an ill aspect

  8. Aspectnoun

    to behold; to look at

  9. Etymology: [L. aspectus, fr. aspicere, aspectum, to look at; ad + spicere, specere, to look, akin to E. spy.]


  1. Aspect

    Aspect Co. Ltd is a Japanese based video game company which was founded in March 1991. Aspect has developed for the Sega Master System, Game Gear, Pico, Genesis, Saturn, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and WonderSwan Color. Aspect has also worked with the following companies; Sega, Takara Tomy, D3 Publisher, Square, Tec Toy, Banpresto, Takara, Disney Interactive Studios, and even Samsung. They are most well known for the development of every Sonic the Hedgehog game for the Sega Master System, Game Gear and Pico.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aspect

    as′pekt (in Shak. and elsewhere, as-pekt′), n. look: view: appearance, also applied figuratively to the mind: position in relation to the points of the compass: the situation of one planet with respect to another, as seen from the earth.—v.i. (obs.) to look at.—adj. As′pectable, visible, worth looking at. [L. aspectusad, at, specĕre, to look.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. aspect

    The looming of the land from sea-ward.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. aspect

    An army is said to hold a menacing aspect, when by advanced movements or positions it gives the opposing enemy cause to apprehend an attack. A country is said to have a military aspect, when its general situation presents appropriate obstacles or facilities for an army acting on the offensive or defensive. An army is said to have an imposing aspect, when it appears stronger than it really is. This appearance is often assumed for the purpose of deceiving an enemy, and may not improperly be considered as a principal ruse de guerre, or feint in war.


  1. Aspect

    indicates the direction to which a surface faces or in which it is viewed; it may be dorsal, ventral, caudal, cephalic or lateral.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aspect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2401

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aspect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2484

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aspect' in Nouns Frequency: #381

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aspect in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aspect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of aspect in a Sentence

  1. Amos Harel:

    Obviously the most common weapon here is knifing and stabbing. The interesting aspect from my view is that it's mostly done by very young people, and that these young people are not afraid to die at all, these youngsters are perfectly aware that most chances are that they will get killed anyway.

  2. Jill Flint:

    She’s trying to save the hospital. The hospital has been purchased by a corporation threatening to dismantle the ER, she wants to care for our veterans. That would be her agenda. What makes our show different from [ other medical shows ] is the military aspect.

  3. Alan Lancz:

    The geopolitical aspect is always out there, and anything that brings that back into the headlines will pull the buy orders fairly quickly.

  4. Gregory Isaacs:

    Alexis Johnson has cooperated with every aspect of the investigation, alexis adamantly denies the allegation. ... Mr. Johnson looks forward to having this matter resolved as expeditiously as possible.

  5. Delia Garcia:

    What happened at our store in Marshall, MN is unacceptable, we strive to provide a safe and comfortable shopping environment for all our customers and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in any aspect of our business. We are asking everyone to wear face coverings when they enter our stores for their safety and the safety of others and it's unfortunate that some individuals have taken this pandemic as an opportunity to create a distressing situation for customers and associates in our store.

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