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31 March 2011

perspective 1

From the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
  • 1 the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to convey the impression of height, width, depth, and relative distance.
    ■ the appearance of viewed objects with regard to their relative position, distance from the viewer, etc.: a trick of perspective.
  • 2 a view or prospect.
  • 3 a particular way of regarding something.
  • 4 understanding of the relative importance of things: we must keep a sense of perspective about what he's done.
  • 5 an apparent spatial distribution in perceived sound.
– derivatives
perspectival adjective.
– origin ME (in the sense ‘optics’): from med. L. perspectiva (ars) ‘(science of) optics’, from perspect-, perspicere ‘look at closely’.

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