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noun as·pect \ˈas-ˌpekt\

Simple Definition of aspect

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aspect

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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>

  3. 3 archaic :  an act of looking :  gaze

  4. 4 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


play \a-ˈspek-chə(-wə)l, -chü(-ə)l\ adjective

Examples of aspect in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

ASPECT Defined for Kids


noun as·pect \ˈa-ˌspekt\

Definition of aspect for Students

  1. 1 :  the appearance of something :  look <The old house took on a dark and lonely aspect at night.>

  2. 2 :  a certain way in which something appears or may be thought of <We considered every aspect of the question.>

  3. 3 :  a position facing a certain direction <The house has a southern aspect.>

Medical Dictionary


noun as·pect \ˈas-ˌpekt\

Medical Definition of aspect

  1. 1:  the part of an object (as an organ) in a particular position <the medial aspects of the knees—R. H. Nyquist>

  2. 2:  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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