perspective

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English[edit]

Illustration of the use of perspective to create the perception of depth in a two-dimensional projection.

Etymology[edit]

Middle English, attested since 1381, from Old - or Middle French, from the first word of the Medieval Latin perspectiva ars (science of optics), the feminine of perspectivus (of sight, optical), from perspectus, the past participle of perspicere (to inspect, look through), itself from per- (through) + specere (to look at); the noun sense was influenced or mediated by Italian prospettiva, from prospetto (prospect).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

perspective (plural perspectives)

  1. A view, vista or outlook.
  2. The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision.
  3. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.
  4. (figuratively) The choice of a single angle or point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience.
  5. The ability to consider things in such relative perspective
  6. A perspective optical glass, as used in a telescope.
    Not a perspective, but a mirror. — Sir Thomas Browne.
  7. By analogy, sound recording technique to adjust and integrate sound sources seemingly naturally

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Adjective[edit]

perspective (comparative more perspective, superlative most perspective)

  1. of, in or relating to perspective
    a perspective drawing
  2. (obsolete) providing visual aid; of or relating to the science of vision; optical
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

Translations[edit]

of, in or relating to perspective


French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

perspective f (plural perspectives)

  1. a perspective

Adjective[edit]

perspective

  1. feminine form of perspectif

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Verb[edit]

perspective

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of perspectivar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of perspectivar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of perspectivar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of perspectivar