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

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1. See appearance. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aspect



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)
  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 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

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




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