aspect

noun
as·​pect | \ ˈas-ˌpekt 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 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 How to pronounce aspectual (audio) , -​chü(-​ə)l \ adjective

Synonyms for aspect

Synonyms

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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This tournament has been notable for some superb team moves and remarkable goalkeeping (an aspect of the women’s game that some male viewers used to criticise). Fox News, "French mayor dies after trying to stop illegal dumping: report," 8 Aug. 2019 These latter-day laconophiles (lovers of Sparta, that is) tend to exalt the cruellest, grittiest, and most violent aspects of Spartan life. Nick Burns, The New Republic, "In Defense of Sparta," 7 Aug. 2019 Determined to stay While applying for asylum, to aid his chances, Miah had emphasized a political aspect of his story, not an economic one. Washington Post, "Denied asylum, but not deported, migrants in Europe live in limbo," 7 Aug. 2019 Oh and then there’s the conditioning aspect to these opening days of fall workouts. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Fall is in the air as Pasadena ISD’s football camps get to work in an urgent way," 7 Aug. 2019 These questions introduce a new aspect to the international emergency. Richard Preston, The New Yorker, "Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?," 7 Aug. 2019 The department also is interested in integrating more autonomous aspects into the program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chula Vista eyes expansion of drone program," 6 Aug. 2019 However, not all aspects of our trips have degraded. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s early explorers were tough buzzards when it came to traveling and camping," 6 Aug. 2019 TxDOT says the project does include pedestrian and cyclist-friendly aspects, and points to a proposal to potentially cap part of I-45, creating a new neighborhood greenspace. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Houston’s $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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aspect

noun

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

aspect

noun
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.

aspect

noun
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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