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 glass.
    • Bishop Joseph Hall
      [] our predecessors; who could never have believed, that there were such lunets about some of the planets, as our late perspectives have descried []
  7. A 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 singular 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