|1.||a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance|
|2.||the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity: try to get some perspective on your troubles|
|3.||the theory or art of suggesting three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface, in order to recreate the appearance and spatial relationships that objects or a scene in recession present to the eye|
|4.||the appearance of objects, buildings, etc, relative to each other, as determined by their distance from the viewer, or the effects of this distance on their appearance|
|5.||a view over some distance in space or time; vista; prospect|
|6.||a picture showing perspective|
|[C14: from Medieval Latin perspectīva ars the science of optics, from Latin perspicere to inspect carefully, from per- (intensive) + specere to behold]|
In drawing or painting, a way of portraying three dimensions on a flat, two-dimensional surface by suggesting depth or distance.