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[as-pekt] /ˈæs pɛkt/
appearance to the eye or mind; look:
the physical aspect of the country.
nature; quality; character:
the superficial aspect of the situation.
a way in which a thing may be viewed or regarded; interpretation; view:
both aspects of a decision.
part; feature; phase:
That is the aspect of the problem that interests me most.
facial expression; countenance:
He wore an aspect of gloom. Hers was an aspect of happy optimism.
bearing; air; mien:
warlike in aspect.
view commanded; exposure:
The house has a southern aspect.
the side or surface facing a given direction:
the dorsal aspect of a fish; the northern aspect of the house.
  1. a category or interrelated set of categories for which the verb is inflected in some languages, typically to indicate the duration, repetition, completion, or quality of the action or state denoted by the verb.
  2. a set of syntactic devices, as in the English perfect with have in I have gone, with functions similar to such inflections.
  3. any of the members or instances of these categories or sets:
    the Latin perfect aspect; the Russian imperfect aspect.
  4. the meaning of, or meaning typical of, such a category or construction.
  5. such categories or constructions, or their meanings collectively.
  1. the angular distance between two points as seen from the earth, primarily derived by dividing the 360 degrees of the zodiac by the integers 1 through 12.
  2. the influence of any two planets or groups of planets located at such points.
Archaic. a look; glance.
Origin of aspect
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin aspectus appearance, visible form, the action of looking at, equivalent to aspec- (variant stem of aspicere to observe, look at; a- a-5 + -spicere, combining form of specere to see) + -tus suffix of v. action
7. prospect, outlook.
Synonym Study
1. See appearance. Unabridged
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appearance to the eye; visual effect: the physical aspect of the landscape
a distinct feature or element in a problem, situation, etc; facet: to consider every aspect of a problem
the way in which a problem, idea, etc, may be considered: to consider a problem from every aspect
a facial expression; manner of appearing: a severe aspect
a position facing a particular direction; outlook: the southern aspect of a house
a view in a certain direction: a good aspect of the village from the tower
a surface that faces in a given direction: the ventral aspect of a fish
(astrology) any of several specific angular distances between two planets or a planet and the Ascendant or Midheaven measured, from the earth, in degrees along the ecliptic
(grammar) a category of verbs or verbal inflections that expresses such features as the continuity, repetition, or completedness of the action described Compare perfective (sense 2), progressive (sense 8), progressive (sense 10)
  1. the compass direction to which a plant habitat is exposed, or the degree of exposure
  2. the effect of the seasons on the appearance of plants
(archaic) glance or gaze
Word Origin
C14: from Latin aspectus a sight, from aspicere, from ad- to, at + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for aspect

late 14c., an astrological term, "relative position of the planets as they appear from earth" (i.e., how they "look on" one another); later also "way of viewing things," from Latin aspectus "seeing, looking, appearance," from past participle of aspicere "to look at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "the look one wears, the appearance of things" attested by early 15c.

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aspect in Medicine

aspect as·pect (ās'pěkt)

  1. An appearance or look.

  2. The side of an object that faces in a particular direction.

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