Definition of aspect
- They studied every aspect of the question.
- the threatening aspect of the dark sky
- … all that's best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes.
- —Lord Byron
- a house with a southern aspect
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
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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.
: 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
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