as·​pect | \ ˈa-ˌspekt How to pronounce aspect (audio) \

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 sun
b : a position facing a particular direction : exposure a house with a southern aspect
c : 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 time
b : a set of inflected (see inflect sense 1) verb forms that indicate aspect
4 archaic : an act of looking : gaze

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aspectual \ a-​ˈspek-​chə(-​wə)l How to pronounce aspectual (audio) , -​chü(-​ə)l \ adjective

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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.

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 on the Web Indeed, one of the most striking aspects of the show is how familiar most of the clothing semiology is. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Don’t Get Dressed Without Watching This Show," 13 May 2020 One of the most wonderful aspects of the crossover was the Kate Kane-Kara Danvers friendship. Chancellor Agard,, "Batwoman boss explains the latest 'Crisis'-inspired twist," 11 May 2020 They were forced to create sketch comedy without one of the most vital aspects of sketch comedy: the ability to play off one another. Washington Post, "SNL’s ‘At Home’ finale features Alec Baldwin, Kristen Wiig, Boyz II Men and more," 10 May 2020 One of the most troubling aspects is the virus’s ability to penetrate deep within the lungs, burrowing into cells and churning out viral particles. Olivia Carville,, "Life After Ventilators Can Be Hell for Coronavirus Survivors," 10 May 2020 One of the interesting aspects of all this is that Chrysler already had a Dakota, initially launched as a Dodge for the 1987 model year and ending its run as a Ram for 2011. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler files for trademark on 'Dakota,' raising prospect of new midsize truck," 7 May 2020 One of the most fascinating aspects of these diseases is the huge difference that individuals experience with an infection. William Petri, The Conversation, "The puzzling questions of the coronavirus: A doctor addresses 6 questions that are stumping physicians," 6 May 2020 Watching new handbag trends emerge, resurge and evolve just may be one of the most fun aspects of fashion. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "These Cool Handbags For Mom Won't Break The Bank," 4 May 2020 One of the most wrenching aspects of the epidemic is the sense of disconnection and helplessness in a community that stakes its economic well-being on providing care and comfort and cherishes its closeness. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "“Similar to Times of War”: The Staggering Toll of COVID-19 on Filipino Health Care Workers," 3 May 2020

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First Known Use of aspect

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for aspect

Middle English, from Latin aspectus, from aspicere to look at, from ad- + specere to look — more at spy

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The first known use of aspect was in the 14th century

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17 May 2020

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“Aspect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aspect

: a part of something
formal : the way a person, place, or thing appears
formal : the direction that something (such as a room or building) faces or points towards


as·​pect | \ ˈa-ˌspekt How to pronounce aspect (audio) \

Kids Definition of aspect

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.


as·​pect | \ ˈas-ˌpekt How to pronounce aspect (audio) \

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 pregnancyBulletin of Meharry Medical College

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