What does perspective mean?

Definitions for perspective
pərˈspɛk tɪvper·spec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. position, view, perspectivenoun

    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.

    "consider what follows from the positivist view"

  2. perspective, linear perspectivenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. perspectivenoun

    A view, vista or outlook.

    Etymology: 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

  2. perspectivenoun

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

    Etymology: 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

  3. perspectivenoun

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

    Etymology: 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

  4. perspectivenoun

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

    Etymology: 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

  5. perspectivenoun

    The ability to consider things in such relative perspective

    Etymology: 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

  6. perspectivenoun

    A perspective optical glass, as used in a telescope.

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

    Etymology: 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

  7. perspectivenoun

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

    Etymology: 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

  8. perspectiveadjective

    providing visual aid

    Etymology: 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

  9. perspectiveadjective

    of, in or relating to perspective

    Etymology: 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. Perspectivenoun

    of or pertaining to the science of vision; optical

    Etymology: [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]

  2. Perspectivenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]

  3. Perspectiveadjective

    a glass through which objects are viewed

    Etymology: [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]

  4. Perspectiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]

  5. Perspectiveadjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]

  6. Perspectiveadjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]

  7. Perspectiveadjective

    a drawing in linear perspective

    Etymology: [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]

Freebase

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perspective

    per-spek′tiv, n. a view or a vista: the art of drawing objects on a plane surface, so as to give the picture the same appearance to the eye as the objects themselves: just proportion in all the parts: a telescope or field-glass: a picture in perspective.—adj. pertaining or according to perspective.—adv. Perspec′tively.—ns. Perspec′tograph, an instrument for indicating correctly the points and outlines of objects; Perspectog′raphy, the science of perspective, or of delineating it.—Perspective plane, the surface on which the picture of the objects to be represented in perspective is drawn.—In perspective, according to the laws of perspective. [Fr.,—L. perspicĕre, perspectumper, through, specĕre, to look.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. perspective

    The old term for a hand telescope. Also, the science by which objects are delineated according to their natural appearance and situation.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. perspective

    Is the art of drawing the resemblance of objects on a plane surface, as the objects themselves appear to the eye, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. perspective

    An understanding of each facet of a subject and how the facets connect and relate to the whole.

    The team perspective is clear and we learn from each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2020  
  2. perspective

    The ability to perceive in actual reality relating to an overview or level of importance.

    The perspective of current life is important and we are achieving things efficiently working united as one intelligent humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perspective in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perspective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of perspective in a Sentence

  1. Brian Alexander:

    If they recover additional pieces and additional evidence, there could be a different dynamic from the legal perspective concerning airline manufacturers.

  2. Adam Chekroud:

    I think it's a huge deal, even just walking just three times a week seems to give people better mental health than not exercising at all. I think from a public health perspective, it's pretty important because it shows that we can have the potential for having a pretty big impact on mental health for a lot of people.

  3. Andy Hines:

    It's for the kids in the story, it's for the bully. There's a lot of different perspective, people can watch that video a lot of different ways.

  4. Tom Roseen:

    Although I am thinking that at least from a funds perspective - excluding ETF (exchange-traded fund) flows - that decision was made a week or two ago, the average equity fund lost 2.42 percent for the flows week.

  5. Bill Clinton:

    We have been so fortunate. It's funny how perspective changes — I think having a grandchild made a big difference, i urge (Hillary Clinton) to go out there and have a good time, tell the American people what you wanted to do, explain what the challenges are from her point of view and what we should do, and just be grateful. We've had a wonderful life. And I'm grateful.

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