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From Middle English aspect, from Latin aspectus (“look, sight; appearance”), from aspiciō (“see; catch sight of; inspect”), from ad- (“to, towards, at”) + speciō (“look, look at, behold; observe”).
aspect (plural aspects)
- Any specific feature, part, or element of something.
- Synonym: facet
- Japan's aging population is an important aspect of its economy.
- The way something appears when viewed from a certain direction or perspective.
- 1991, William Dunning, Changing Images of Pictorial Space: A History of Spatial Illusion in Painting, page 36:
- Given the limitations of planar representation […] The painter is constantly forced to choose one aspect over the other.
- The way something appears when considered from a certain point of view.
- 2016, Chenyang Li, “Care and justice: Reading Mencius, Kant, and Gilligan comparatively”, in Ann A. Pang-White, editor, The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, page 128:
- “Perspective” can be understood in different ways. It can mean a single aspect from which something is considered or evaluated; it can also mean a view from a relation between aspects of a subject.
- A phase or a partial, but significant view or description of something.
- One's appearance or expression. [from 16th c.]
- Synonyms: appearance, look, blee
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- Art thou but Captaine of a thouſand horſe,
That by Characters grauen in thy browes,
And by thy martiall face and ſtout aſpect,
Deſeru’ſt to haue the leading of an hoſte?
- 1700, [John] Dryden, “Palamon and Arcite: Or, The Knight’s Tale. In Three Books.”, in Fables Ancient and Modern; […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], →OCLC, book III, page 66:
- In Knots they ſtand, or in a Rank they Walk, / Serious in Aſpect, earneſt in their Talk: […]
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 4, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.
- 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, page 145:
- It is Stephen Gardiner, black and scowling, his aspect in no way improved by his trip to Rome.
- Position or situation with regard to seeing; that position which enables one to look in a particular direction; position in relation to the points of the compass.
- The house has a southern aspect, i.e. a position which faces the south.
- Prospect; outlook.
- 1643 November 11 (Gregorian calendar), John Evelyn, “[Diary entry for November 1643]”, in William Bray, editor, Memoirs, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, […], 2nd edition, volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […]; and sold by John and Arthur Arch, […], published 1819, →OCLC:
- This town affords a good aspect toward the hill from whence we descended ; nor does it deceive us ; for it is handsomely built […]
- (grammar) A grammatical quality of a verb which determines the relationship of the speaker to the internal temporal flow of the event which the verb describes, or whether the speaker views the event from outside as a whole, or from within as it is unfolding. [from 19th c.]
- (astrology) The relative position of heavenly bodies as they appear to an observer on earth; the angular relationship between points in a horoscope. [from 14th c.]
- 1667, John Milton, “Book X”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC, line 656-664text= […] To the blanc moon / Her office they prescribed; to the other five / Their planetary motions, and aspects, / In sextile, square, and trine, and opposite, / Of noxious efficacy, and when to join / In synod unbenign; and taught the fix'd / their influence malignant when to shower, / Which of them rising with the sun, or falling / Should prove tempestuous: […] :
- 1683, George Wharton, “Of the Planetary Aspects, both Old and New, their Characters, and Æquations”, in John Gadbury, editor, The Works of that Late Most Excellent Philosopher and Astronomer, Sir George Wharton, Bar[onet]. Collected into One Entire Volume, London: Printed by H. H. for John Leigh, at Stationers Hall, →OCLC, page 90:
- Kepler (the Lyncæus of the laſt Age) defines an Aſpect in this manner: Aſpectus eſt Angulus à Radiis Luminoſis binorum Planetarum in terra formatus, efficax ad ſtimulandum naturam ſublunarem. It is (ſaith he) an Angle made in the Earth by the Luminous Beams of two Planets, of ſtrength to ſtir up the vertue of all ſublunary things.
- (religion, mythology) The personified manifestation of a deity that represents one or more of its characteristics or functions.
- 1995, V.P. Kanitkar, W. Owen Cole, Hinduism — An Introduction:
- The Mother Goddess in her many manifestations is termed Shakti, the female energy in creation, and worshipped as the supreme female aspect of Brahman.
- (obsolete) The act of looking at something; gaze. [14th–19th c.]
- 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: […] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], paragraph 924, →OCLC:
- The tradition is no less ancient, that the basilisk killeth by aspect ; and that the wolf, if he see a man first, by aspect striketh a man hoarse.
- 1820, Walter Scott, chapter 1, in Ivanhoe; a Romance. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. […], →OCLC:
- […] his aspect was bent on the ground with an appearance of deep dejection, which might be almost construed into apathy, […]
- (obsolete) Appearance to the eye or the mind; look; view.
- 1684-1690, Thomas Burnet, Sacred Theory of the Earth Vol 1, Chapter IX.
- They are both in my judgment the image or picture of a great Ruine, and have the true aspect of a World lying in its rubbish.
- 1851, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter XVIII, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume IV, London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, →OCLC:
- Three days later he opened the parliament. The aspect of affairs was, on the whole, cheering.
- 1684-1690, Thomas Burnet, Sacred Theory of the Earth Vol 1, Chapter IX.
- (programming) In aspect-oriented programming, a feature or component that can be applied to parts of a program independent of any inheritance hierarchy.
- (rail transport) The visual indication of a colour light (or mechanical) signal as displayed to the driver. With colour light signals this would be red, yellow or green.
- 1961 December, “Planning the London Midland main-line electrification”, in Trains Illustrated, page 719:
- The whole of the main lines to be electrified were being equipped with four-aspect colour-light signals, automatically operated, where appropriate, and spaced to give a 5min headway throughout.
- 2019 October, “'442s' withdrawn due to signal interaction issues”, in Modern Railways, page 87:
- SWR [South Western Railway] said the move was a precautionary measure, understood to relate to electromagnetic emissions from the fleet causing changes of signal aspect in front of moving trains.
- (grammar): grammatical aspect, aorist aspect, iterative aspect, perfective aspect, imperfective aspect, semelfactive aspect, progressive aspect, perfect aspect; lexical aspect
any specific feature, part, or element of something
the way something appears
quality of a verb
position in respect to points of a compass, the sun, etc.
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- (grammar): aspectuality
- (grammar): Aktionsart, aktionsart
aspect (third-person singular simple present aspects, present participle aspecting, simple past and past participle aspected)
- (astrology, of a planet) To have a particular aspect or type of aspect.
- (Wicca) To channel a divine being.
- (obsolete) To look at.
to look at
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- “aspect”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
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From Middle Dutch aspect, from Middle French aspect, from Latin aspectus.
aspect n (plural aspecten, diminutive aspectje n)
- aspect, element
- aspect, appearance
- (linguistics) aspect (grammatical category)
Borrowed from Latin aspectus. The grammatical sense is a semantic loan from Russian вид (vid).
aspect m (plural aspects)
- “aspect”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Borrowed from French aspect, from Latin aspectus.
aspect n (plural aspecte)
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