noun \ˈas-ˌpekt\

: a part of something

: the way a person, place, or thing appears

: the direction that something (such as a room or building) faces or points towards

Full Definition of ASPECT

a :  the position of planets or stars with respect to one another held by astrologers to influence human affairs; also :  the apparent position (as conjunction) of a body in the solar system with respect to the sun
b :  a position facing a particular direction :  exposure <the house has a southern aspect>
c :  the manner of presentation of a plane to a fluid through which it is moving or to a current
a (1) :  appearance to the eye or mind (2) :  a particular appearance of the face :  mien
b :  a particular status or phase in which something appears or may be regarded <studied every aspect of the question>
archaic :  an act of looking :  gaze
a :  the nature of the action of a verb as to its beginning, duration, completion, or repetition and without reference to its position in time
b :  a set of inflected verb forms that indicate aspect
as·pec·tu·al \a-ˈspek-chə(-wə)l, -chü(-ə)l\ adjective

Examples of ASPECT

  1. <depending on what aspect of college life you consider most important, there are several colleges which might be good for you>
  2. <he has the aspect of a man used to giving orders and seeing them obeyed>

Origin of ASPECT

Middle English, from Latin aspectus, from aspicere to look at, from ad- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Physics Terms

amplitude, centrifugal, centripetal, convection, gradient, hysteresis, kinetic, lase, quantum


noun \ˈas-ˌpekt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ASPECT

: the part of an object (as an organ) in a particular position <the medial aspects of the knees—R. H. Nyquist>
: a particular status or phase in which something appears or may be regarded <the medicolegal aspects of pregnancy—Bulletin of Meharry Medical College>


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