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Meaning of perspective by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Illustration of the use of perspective to create the perception of depth in a two-dimensional projection.


    Recorded since 1381 ( Middle English ), 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 influenaced or mediated by ( Italian ) prospettiva, from prospetto 'prspect', itself from the above Latin prosecere


    perspective ( plural: perspectives )

    1. A view, vista or outlook .
    2. The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision .
    3. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface .
    4. ( figuratively ) The choice of a single angle or point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience .
    5. The ability to consider things in such relative perspective
    6. A perspective optical glass, as used in a telescope .
      Not a perspective, but a mirror. — Sir Thomas Browne .
    7. By analogy, sound recording technique to adjust and integrate sound sources seemingly naturally

    Derived terms


    perspective ( comparative more perspective, superlative most perspective )

    1. ( obsolete ) providing visual aid
    2. of, in or relating to perspective

Explanation of perspective by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. a way of regarding situations or topics etc .

    Definition of perspective by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Perspective ( pẽrspĕktĭv ), a. [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F. perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See Spy, n.]
      1. Of or pertaining to the science of vision; optical. [Obs.] Bacon.

      2. Pertaining to the art, or in accordance with the laws, of perspective.

      Perspective plane, the plane or surface on which the objects are delineated, or the picture drawn; the plane of projection; -- distinguished from the ground plane, which is that on which the objects are represented as standing. When this plane is oblique to the principal face of the object, the perspective is called oblique perspective; when parallel to that face, parallel perspective. -- Perspective shell ( Zool. ), any shell of the genus Solarium and allied genera. See Solarium.

    2. Perspective, n. [F. perspective, fr. perspectif: cf. It. perspettiva. See Perspective, a.]
      1. A glass through which objects are viewed. [Obs.] “Not a perspective, but a mirror.” Sir T. Browne.

      2. That which is seen through an opening; a view; a vista. “The perspective of life.” Goldsmith.

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

      Aërial perspective is the expression of space by any means whatsoever, sharpness of edge, vividness of color, etc. Ruskin.

      4. 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.

      5. A drawing in linear perspective.

      Isometrical perspective, an inaccurate term for a mechanical way of representing objects in the direction of the diagonal of a cube. -- Perspective glass, a telescope which shows objects in the right position.