• Aspect


    • IPA: /ˈæspÉ›kt/
    • Hyphenation: as + pect


    Borrowing from la aspectus, from aspiciō ("see; catch sight of; inspect"), from ad- ("to, towards, at") + speciō ("look, look at, behold; observe").

    Full definition of aspect



    (plural aspects)
    1. The way something appears when viewed in a certain manner.
    2. One's appearance or expression. from 16th c.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700)serious in aspect
      • 1922, Ben Travers, A Cuckoo in the Nest Chapter 4, By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.
      • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 145:It is Stephen Gardiner, black and scowling, his aspect in no way improved by his trip to Rome.
    3. Position or situation with regard to seeing; that position which enables one to look in a particular direction; position in relation to the points of the compass.
      The house has a southern aspect, i.e. a position which faces the south.
    4. Prospect; outlook.
      • John Evelyn (1620-1706)This town affords a good aspect toward the hill from whence we descended.
    5. (grammar) A grammatical quality of a verb which determines the relationship of the speaker to the internal temporal flow of the event the verb describes, or whether the speaker views the event from outside as a whole, or from within as it is unfolding. from 19th c.
    6. (astrology) The relative position of heavenly bodies as they appear to an observer on earth; the angular relationship between points in a horoscope. from 14th c.
    7. (obsolete) The act of looking at something; gaze. 14th-19th c.
    8. (obsolete) Appearance to the eye or the mind; look; view.
    9. (computing, programming) In aspect-oriented programming, a feature or component that can be applied to parts of a program independent of any inheritance hierarchy.


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