Definition of aspect
1a : a particular status or phase in which something appears or may be regarded They studied every aspect of the question.b (1) : appearance to the eye or mind the threatening aspect of the dark sky (2) : a particular appearance of the face : mien … all that's best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes. — Lord Byron
2a : the position of planets or stars with respect to one another held by astrologers to influence human affairs; also : the apparent position (such as conjunction) of a body in the solar system with respect to the sunb : a position facing a particular direction : exposure a house with a southern aspectc : the manner of presentation of a plane to a fluid through which it is moving or to a current
3 grammar a : the nature of the action of a verb as to its beginning, duration, completion, or repetition and without reference to its position in timeb : a set of inflected (see inflect 2) verb forms that indicate aspect
4 archaic : an act of looking : gaze
aspectualplay \a-ˈspek-chə(-wə)l, -chü(-ə)l\ adjective
Examples of aspect in a Sentence
depending on what aspect of college life you consider most important, there are several colleges which might be good for you
he has the aspect of a man used to giving orders and seeing them obeyed
Recent Examples of aspect from the Web
Despite being 13 feet tall and more than six feet wide, with moving parts showcasing key aspects of American history—
The hardest part of the job is the fitness aspect of it.
Plus, with the advent of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, aspects of the films have been added to the ride as a nod to the growth of the brand.
Sobecki is responsible for all aspects of election operations for the county, including equipment, facilities, employees and consultants.
A lot of the wellness movement addresses aspects of our lives previously considered basic and fundamental, like breathing or sleep.
And here are a few interesting pieces of feedback on other aspects of the news…
Plump raspberries, sweet and spicy pecans, and pickled onions ensured all aspects of the palate were pleased and crumbled feta imparted a bit of creaminess to the compilation.
The Bay Area has replaced Wall Street as an object of national fascination and cultural significance, with an entire HBO show dedicated to the exploits of the billionaire boy-kings that now rule most every aspect of our lives.
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Did You Know?
Since aspectus in Latin means "looked at", an aspect of something is basically the direction from which it's looked at. So we may say that travel is your favorite aspect of your job, or that eating well is one aspect of a healthy life. If you look at a stage set from the front, it looks completely different than from behind, where all the mechanisms are visible, and both aspects are important. The word can be very useful when you're analyzing something, and it's used a great deal in the writings of scholars.
ASPECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aspect for English Language Learners
: 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
ASPECT Defined for Kids
Definition of aspect for Students
1 : the appearance of something : look The old house took on a dark and lonely aspect at night.
2 : a certain way in which something appears or may be thought of We considered every aspect of the question.
3 : a position facing a certain direction The house has a southern aspect.
Medical Definition of aspect
1: the part of an object (as an organ) in a particular position the medial aspects of the knees—R. H. Nyquist
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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