- 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.
Origin of perspective
Related Words for perspectiveprospect, angle, context, viewpoint, attitude, aspect, mindset, vista, panorama, proportion, scene, relation, overview, objectivity, landscape, headset, relativity
Examples from the Web for perspective
Contemporary Examples of perspective
The choice between freedom and fear is not difficult when seen with perspective.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
Cosby conspiracy theorists share a perspective born of a long, pained history of American racism.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
But he was always uncommonly gracious, a truly gentle man, willing to dispense wisdom and perspective when asked.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
This was a guy from the hip-hop generation and with a perspective that was inextricably linked to that generation.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
It sounds like from the PR [public relations] perspective they are sticking to their guns.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of perspective
Something had happened in Lilac Valley that had changed his perspective.Her Father's Daughter
Mrs Verloc looked straight ahead at the perspective of her escape.The Secret Agent
Thus I get a perspective upon the place, to Will and his ilk denied.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
This morning, the perspective of the little man was anything but normal.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
The stove, with its perspective all awry, was tame and precise, and in colour as dingy as mire.His Masterpiece
- 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
Word Origin for perspective
late 14c., "science of optics," from Old French perspective and directly from Medieval Latin perspectiva ars "science of optics," from fem. of perspectivus "of sight, optical" from Latin perspectus "clearly perceived," past participle of perspicere "inspect, look through, look closely at," from per- "through" (see per) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Sense of "art of drawing objects so as to give appearance of distance or depth" is first found 1590s, influenced by Italian prospettiva, an artists' term. The figurative meaning "mental outlook over time" is first recorded 1762.
In drawing or painting, a way of portraying three dimensions on a flat, two-dimensional surface by suggesting depth or distance.