aspect

[as-pekt]
noun
1.
appearance to the eye or mind; look: the physical aspect of the country.
2.
nature; quality; character: the superficial aspect of the situation.
3.
a way in which a thing may be viewed or regarded; interpretation; view: both aspects of a decision.
4.
part; feature; phase: That is the aspect of the problem that interests me most.
5.
facial expression; countenance: He wore an aspect of gloom. Hers was an aspect of happy optimism.
6.
bearing; air; mien: warlike in aspect.
7.
view commanded; exposure: The house has a southern aspect.
8.
the side or surface facing a given direction: the dorsal aspect of a fish; the northern aspect of the house.
9.
Grammar.
a.
a category or interrelated set of categories for which the verb is inflected in some languages, typically to indicate the duration, repetition, completion, or quality of the action or state denoted by the verb.
b.
a set of syntactic devices, as in the English perfect with have in I have gone, with functions similar to such inflections.
c.
any of the members or instances of these categories or sets: the Latin perfect aspect; the Russian imperfect aspect.
d.
the meaning of, or meaning typical of, such a category or construction.
e.
such categories or constructions, or their meanings collectively.
10.
Astrology.
a.
the angular distance between two points as seen from the earth, primarily derived by dividing the 360 degrees of the zodiac by the integers 1 through 12.
b.
the influence of any two planets or groups of planets located at such points.
11.
Archaic. a look; glance.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin aspectus appearance, visible form, the action of looking at, equivalent to aspec- (variant stem of aspicere to observe, look at; a- a-5 + -spicere, combining form of specere to see) + -tus suffix of v. action


1. See appearance. 7. prospect, outlook.
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aspect (ˈæspɛkt)
 
n
1.  appearance to the eye; visual effect: the physical aspect of the landscape
2.  a distinct feature or element in a problem, situation, etc; facet: to consider every aspect of a problem
3.  the way in which a problem, idea, etc, may be considered: to consider a problem from every aspect
4.  a facial expression; manner of appearing: a severe aspect
5.  a position facing a particular direction; outlook: the southern aspect of a house
6.  a view in a certain direction: a good aspect of the village from the tower
7.  a surface that faces in a given direction: the ventral aspect of a fish
8.  astrology any of several specific angular distances between two planets or a planet and the Ascendant or Midheaven measured, from the earth, in degrees along the ecliptic
9.  grammar perfective progressive Compare progressive a category of verbs or verbal inflections that expresses such features as the continuity, repetition, or completedness of the action described
10.  botany
 a.  the compass direction to which a plant habitat is exposed, or the degree of exposure
 b.  the effect of the seasons on the appearance of plants
11.  archaic glance or gaze
 
[C14: from Latin aspectus a sight, from aspicere, from ad- to, at + specere to look]

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aspect
late 14c., an astronomical term, "relative position of the planets as they appear," from L. aspectus "seeing, looking, appearance," from pp. of aspicere "to look at," from ad- "to" + specere "to look" (see scope (1)). Meaning "the look one wears, the appearance of things" arose 1590s.
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aspect as·pect (ās'pěkt)
n.

  1. An appearance or look.

  2. The side of an object that faces in a particular direction.

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Example sentences
World may be flat in some aspects but it is full of spikes.
There were also large differences in soil properties between contrasting
  aspects.
But some of the year's greatest joys weren't new products, but aspects of new
  products.
Work independently on coordinating all aspects of departmental projects.
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