Meaning of aspect


Aspect means a part or feature of something. If you are going to vote for a candidate, you should first learn about the various aspects of her political agenda.

At the heart of the word aspect is the Latin specere “look” (think spectacles). Later, the word became connected to the idea of what can be seen from a particular position. Whether that means you can see all of something (all aspects) or only part (one aspect) depends on where you are standing and how hard you are looking.

Definitions of aspect
  1. noun

    a characteristic to be considered

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    a distinguishing quality

  2. noun

    a distinct feature or element in a problem



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    an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
    sector, sphere

    a particular aspect of life or activity

    a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something

    a negative aspect of something that is generally positive

    one of two sides of an issue

    a specialized sphere of knowledge
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    characteristic, feature

    a prominent attribute or aspect of something

  3. noun

    the visual percept of a region


    panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista

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    background, ground

    the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

    the area within view

    aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces

    the part of a scene that is near the viewer

    a brief or incomplete view
    middle distance

    the part of a scene between the foreground and the background
    side view

    a view from the side of something

    any dramatic scene

    an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)
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    visual image, visual percept

    a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system

  4. noun

    the feelings expressed on a person’s face


    expression, face, facial expression, look

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    a suggestive or sneering look or grin
    light, spark, sparkle, twinkle

    merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
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    countenance, visage

    the appearance conveyed by a person’s face

  5. noun

    the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb

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    perfective, perfective aspect

    the aspect of a verb that expresses a completed action
    durative, durative aspect

    the aspect of a verb that expresses its duration
    inchoative, inchoative aspect

    aspect with regard to the beginning of the action of the verb
    iterative, iterative aspect

    the aspect of the verb that expresses the repetition of an action
    imperfective, imperfective aspect

    aspect without regard to the beginning or completion of the action of the verb
    progressive aspect

    the aspect of a verb that expresses its on-going action
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    grammatical relation

    a linguistic relation established by grammar

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