depth perception


Definition of depth perception

: the ability to judge the distance of objects and the spatial relationship of objects at different distances

Examples of depth perception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Due to a small malformation of the optic nerve in the brain, Lily has troubles with nystagmas (involuntary shaking of the eyes) and issues with depth perception. Saryn Chorney,, "Legally Blind 9-Year-Old Girl Sees The Nutcracker Ballet for First Time with Special Glasses," 20 Dec. 2019 Whereas humans have eyes in the front of their heads and good depth perception, most birds’ eyes are placed at the sides of their heads. Anne Quito, Quartz, "New York City is about to pass a law to prevent birds from crashing into buildings," 8 Dec. 2019 That’s boosted demand for both image sensors and 3-D sensors, which are used to improve the focus and depth perception on the back-facing cameras, as well as for facial recognition on the front. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The Bright Spot in the Stagnating Smartphone Industry," 2 Aug. 2019 Its home-field advantage might not be the same cauldron of energy as in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but the awkward dimensions and depth perception difference in Yankee Stadium could really help the club in a one-off playoff scenario. Avi Creditor,, "The MLS XI, Week 26: The West is Wild; Philly, NYCFC Clinch," 2 Sep. 2019 Something about being lied to my entire life about what six inches look like — now my depth perception is [expletive]. New York Times, "The Comedians Challenging Stereotypes About Asian-American Masculinity," 26 Aug. 2019 Intentionally disorienting, Anadol’s simulations of endlessness undermine the participant’s depth perception by projecting ever-changing white lines on the mirrored surfaces. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artechouse’s ‘Infinite Space’ has waves of natural influences," 9 Aug. 2019 Donovan said such systems have been used in some tankers for more than 20 years, but one problem in the KC-46 is insufficient depth perception provided by the 3D images. Sig Christenson,, "KC-46 tanker has been ‘frustrating,’ acting Air Force secretary says," 3 Aug. 2019 Patterned contact paper lines drawer interiors to aid with depth perception. Marni Elyse Katz,, "This delightfully designed home makes life easier for a child with mobility challenges," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of depth perception

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2020

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“Depth perception.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of depth perception

: the ability to see how far away something is or how much space is between things

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Medical Definition of depth perception

: the ability to judge the distance of objects and the spatial relationship of objects at different distances

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