aspect

[ as-pekt ]
/ ˈæs pɛkt /

noun

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

Synonym study

1. See appearance.
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British Dictionary definitions for aspect

aspect

/ (ˈæspɛkt) /

noun

Word Origin for aspect

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

aspect


n.

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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Medicine definitions for aspect

aspect

[ ăspĕkt ]

n.

An appearance or look.
The side of an object that faces in a particular direction.
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