as·pect | \ˈas-ˌpekt \

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 2) verb forms that indicate aspect

4 archaic : an act of looking : gaze

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Other Words from aspect

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

Synonyms for aspect


angle, facet, hand, phase, side

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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

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Hardy and Wyatt cut an entertaining promo on Raw, and Wyatt connected Hardy’s contagious maniacal laughing to the contagious aspects of fear. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Tama Tonga Says Bullet Club Civil War ‘Has Been a Long Time Coming’," 11 July 2018 But in the center of both stories stands the aspect of technology that is unleashed in a Pandora’s box sort of way that is ultimately dangerous. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Editor Says Scott Lang Needs to Find "Balance" in the Sequel," 5 July 2018 For many, these are occasions to reflect, to gather with neighbors, to honor the good aspects of the country. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 Still, the study’s authors said, the interpersonal aspects of cooperation and conflict need to be addressed early in medical careers. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 Not that anybody else doesn’t deserve it, but there’s some special recognition that needs to go his way because of the perseverance aspect of it. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "A.J. Pollock begins rehab assignment, should rejoin Diamondbacks by All-Star break," 29 June 2018 Then there’s the do-gooder aspect of the companies’ bid to operate in San Francisco. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Scooter companies tried to barge into San Francisco and got kicked out. Now they’re making big promises to get legal.," 26 June 2018 As if that whole blood-sucking aspect weren’t bad enough, ticks can infect you with a whole host of illnesses during this process. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Sad here also reflects aspects of a related word that became popular in the Renaissance: melancholy. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "The surprising vitality of one small word," 5 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners 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


as·pect | \ˈa-ˌspekt \

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 \

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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