[ per-spek-tiv ]
/ pərˈspɛk tɪv /
a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface.Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
a picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect's perspective of a house.
a visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
the state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building's composition is a failure in perspective.
the state of one's ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
a mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.
of or relating to the art of perspective, or represented according to its laws.
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Origin of perspective
OTHER WORDS FROM perspective
per·spec·tiv·al, adjectiveper·spec·tived, adjectiveper·spec·tive·less, adjectiveper·spec·tive·ly, adverb
non·per·spec·tive, noun, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perspectiveperspective prospective
Words nearby perspective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-perspective
/ (pəˈspɛktɪv) /
a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance
the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivitytry to get some perspective on your troubles
the theory or art of suggesting three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface, in order to recreate the appearance and spatial relationships that objects or a scene in recession present to the eye
the appearance of objects, buildings, etc, relative to each other, as determined by their distance from the viewer, or the effects of this distance on their appearance
a view over some distance in space or time; vista; prospect
a picture showing perspective
Derived forms of perspectiveperspectively, adverb
Word Origin for perspective
C14: from Medieval Latin perspectīva ars the science of optics, from Latin perspicere to inspect carefully, from per- (intensive) + specere to behold
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Cultural definitions for non-perspective
In drawing or painting, a way of portraying three dimensions on a flat, two-dimensional surface by suggesting depth or distance.
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