- 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.
- 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.
- a set of syntactic devices, as in the English perfect with have in I have gone, with functions similar to such inflections.
- any of the members or instances of these categories or sets: the Latin perfect aspect; the Russian imperfect aspect.
- the meaning of, or meaning typical of, such a category or construction.
- such categories or constructions, or their meanings collectively.
- 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.
- the influence of any two planets or groups of planets located at such points.
- Archaic. a look; glance.
Origin of aspect
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Examples from the Web for aspect
Similar to how Tyra taught me that I must know every aspect of my company, I must know every aspect of my personal finances.Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy
November 3, 2014
That is the core problem, but the Obama administration is only dealing with one aspect of it, and in the smallest way possible.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
The other aspect of it novel writing, though, was that it was much more intimate.David Cronenberg: Why Frustrated Novelists Hate the Screenplay
October 13, 2014
Proving his far-right bona fides is just one aspect of the newly energized Roberts campaign.As Roberts and Orman Double Down, It’s War in Kansas
October 1, 2014
The immensely strong hold of the Bible Belt culture transcends nearly every aspect of lesbian life in southern Mississippi.Mississippi Is Hell for These Lesbians
August 8, 2014
The first aspect of Rotterdam is strongly in favour of the people.
Hawarden is called a Castle, but it has not, either in its exterior or interior, the aspect of a Castle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The works of Dædalus are described by Pausanias as rude and uncomely in aspect.
Garson contrived to present an aspect of comparative indifference.Within the Law
Alike as to formation, aspect, and climate, the Causses are unique in France.'The Roof of France
- appearance to the eye; visual effectthe physical aspect of the landscape
- a distinct feature or element in a problem, situation, etc; facetto consider every aspect of a problem
- the way in which a problem, idea, etc, may be consideredto consider a problem from every aspect
- a facial expression; manner of appearinga severe aspect
- a position facing a particular direction; outlookthe southern aspect of a house
- a view in a certain directiona good aspect of the village from the tower
- a surface that faces in a given directionthe 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 describedCompare perfective (def. 2), progressive (def. 8), progressive (def. 10)
- the compass direction to which a plant habitat is exposed, or the degree of exposure
- the effect of the seasons on the appearance of plants
- archaic glance or gaze
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.
- An appearance or look.
- The side of an object that faces in a particular direction.