per·spec·tive AW [perspective perspectives] BrE [pəˈspektɪv] NAmE [pərˈspektɪv] noun
1. countable a particular attitude towards sth; a way of thinking about sth
• 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
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’.
• 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.
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.|
|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.|
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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