per·spec·tive AW [perspective perspectives] BrE [pəˈspektɪv]
NAmE [pərˈspektɪv]
1. countable a particular attitude towards sth; a way of thinking about sth
Syn: viewpoint
a global perspective
Recent events seem less serious when put into an international perspective.
Try to see the issue from a different perspective.
a report that looks at the education system from the perspective of deaf people
~ on sth His experience abroad provides a wider perspective on the problem.
2. uncountable the ability to think about problems and decisions in a reasonable way without exaggerating their importance
She was aware that she was losing all sense of perspective.
Try to keep these issues in perspective.
Talking to others can often help to put your own problems into perspective.
It is important not to let things get out of perspective.
3. uncountable the art of creating an effect of depth and distance in a picture by representing people and things that are far away as being smaller than those that are nearer the front
The artist plays with perspective to confuse the eye.
We learnt how to draw buildings in perspective.
The tree on the left is out of perspective.
4. countable (formal) a view, especially one in which you can see far into the distance
a perspective of the whole valley
Word Origin:
late Middle English (in the sense ‘optics’): from medieval Latin perspectiva (ars) ‘(science of) optics’, from perspect- ‘looked at closely’, from the verb perspicere, from per- ‘through’ + specere ‘to look’.
Example Bank:
Her death put everything else into perspective.
I just need to keep things in perspective.
It's easy to lose perspective on things when you are under stress.
Let's get this into perspective.
That tree is out of perspective.
The author brings a balanced perspective to these complex issues.
The book adopts a historical perspective.
This latest study explores stress from a unique perspective.
This lively book presents a refreshing new perspective on a crucial period in our history.
This website puts a completely different perspective on world news.
This will require a shift in perspective.
We can now see things in their true perspective.
We should view this from the perspective of the people involved.
We'll be looking at fatherhood issues from a personal perspective.
When you reach middle age you get a different perspective on life.
a feminist perspective in philosophy
his desire to broaden his narrow perspective
multicultural education based on a global perspective
stories told from multiple perspectives
women who bring a feminist perspective to their works
His experience of working in Asia provides a wider perspective on the issue.
The perspective of wheelchair users must be taken into account when designing public buildings.
Try to approach the problem from a different perspective.
We need to take a global perspective on the environment.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
- consider what follows from the positivist view
Syn: position, view
2. the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer
Syn: linear perspective

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
a.1.Of or pertaining to the science of vision; optical.
2.Pertaining to the art, or in accordance with the laws, of perspective.
Perspective plane
the plane or surface on which the objects are delineated, or the picture drawn; the plane of projection; - distinguished from the ground plane, which is that on which the objects are represented as standing. When this plane is oblique to the principal face of the object, the perspective is called oblique perspective; when parallel to that face, parallel perspective.
Perspective shell
(Zool.) any shell of the genus Solarium and allied genera. See Solarium.
n.1.A glass through which objects are viewed.
2.That which is seen through an opening; a view; a vista.
3.The effect of distance upon the appearance of objects, by means of which the eye recognized them as being at a more or less measurable distance. Hence, aërial perspective, the assumed greater vagueness or uncertainty of outline in distant objects.
Aërial perspective is the expression of space by any means whatsoever, sharpness of edge, vividness of color, etc.
4.The art and the science of so delineating objects that they shall seem to grow smaller as they recede from the eye; - called also linear perspective.
5.A drawing in linear perspective.
Isometrical perspective
an inaccurate term for a mechanical way of representing objects in the direction of the diagonal of a cube.
Perspective glass
a telescope which shows objects in the right position.

Dictionary of Computing:
(games)perspective - In computer games, the virtual position from whichthe human player views the playing area. There are threedifferent perspectives: first person, second person, and thirdperson.

First person perspective: Viewing the world through the eyesof the primary character in three dimensions. e.g. Doom,Quake.

Second person perspective: Viewing the game through aspectator's eyes, in two or three dimensions. Depending onthe game, the main character is always in view. e.g. SuperMario Bros., Tomb Raider.

Third person perspective: a point of view which is independentof where characters or playing units are. The gaming world isviewed much as a satellite would view a battlefield.E.g. Warcraft, Command & Conquer.

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