v) KEY NOUN:
- A view or vista.
- A mental view or outlook: "It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present" (Fabian Linden).
- The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
- The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective.
- Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.
- The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
- The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
- Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective.
Middle English, science of optics
(influenced by French perspective
), from Medieval Latin perspectva (ars)
, feminine of perspectvus
, from perspectus
, past participle of perspicere
, to inspect
, to look
; see spek-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:per·spectiv·al(Adjective)