Definition of perspective in English:

perspective

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other:

    ‘the theory and practice of perspective’
    [as modifier] ‘a perspective drawing’
    • ‘He also began studying female form and perspective in his art.’
    • ‘The work is considered a masterpiece in the use of perspective and in the portrayal of the artistic ideals of the High Renaissance.’
    • ‘Underpinning the exhibition is a desire to explain and contextualise the artist's use of techniques such as pointillism and anamorphic perspective.’
    • ‘Both Manet and Ravi Varma introduce the European single point perspective of viewing the woman propped up high on cushions, looking down to confront the viewer.’
    • ‘This treatise on painting included a discussion of the laws of mathematical perspective for artists.’
    • ‘Only if one accepts the claims of the naturalness of Renaissance artificial perspective can we accept photography as a mimetic representation of the world.’
    • ‘All that we were supposed to do was work on our perspective drawings, and largely ignore Ciappa and everyone else.’
    • ‘He published a description of a machine to create perspective drawings and he discussed the grinding of conical lenses and mirrors.’
    • ‘A pin at the central vanishing point would have been as useful here as it would for perspective drawings set out mathematically.’
    • ‘The illustrations in Pacioli's work were by Leonardo da Vinci and include some fine perspective drawings of regular solids.’
    • ‘She also avoided any hint of perspective, seeing painting as essentially two-dimensional.’
    • ‘The Shrine authorities produced elevations and perspective drawings of even the most sacred buildings in order to facilitate rebuilding.’
    • ‘They also tried to introduce Western painting techniques like the use of perspective and the technique of displaying light and shadows.’
    • ‘English painters had relatively little contact with Italy, and were decidedly not working in the Italian Renaissance tradition of perspective and chiaroscuro.’
    • ‘There were no questions, so she launched into something about perspective drawings while we all proceeded to fall asleep.’
    • ‘The perspective of three-dimensional objects in the two-dimensional image is dictated by the viewing geometry and the camera.’
    1. 1.1 The appearance of viewed objects with regard to their relative position, distance from the viewer, etc.:
      ‘a trick of perspective’
      • ‘He made detailed and careful drawings from one fixed perspective - some say he used the camera obscura - and then returned to his studio to paint.’
      • ‘Yet from a more distanced perspective, the flags gain life and energy, and define nothing in particular even as they beckon to be viewed.’
      • ‘A print is constructed from lines and surfaces on a two-dimensional surface and on it should be contained perspective, volume and color.’
      • ‘Birch intentionally warps perspective and depth in a way that brings to mind jazz music and its deliberate distortion of pitch and timbre.’
      • ‘From this distance, painted from this perspective, the waters appear calm, but he knows that the flow has the power to wear away the rocks and the might to shape the landscape.’
      • ‘There is an added design advantage inherent in steps: they have a completely different impact, depending on the viewer's perspective.’
      • ‘Although distance lends perspective, it can also lend enchantment.’
      • ‘Movement is in 3D from a first person perspective and all monsters appear as still pictures with only small sections being animated.’
      • ‘Clever use of perspective makes the scene appear much bigger than it actually is, and reinforces the fantasy element of the play by delineating the space between the actors and the audience.’
      • ‘Laboriously, James practiced creating the illusion of perspective in a drawing and experimented with point of view.’
      • ‘The result is an amazing yet impossible landscape that plays with your idea of perspective and distance.’
      • ‘Few students actually see dissections being performed and fail to gain a proper three-dimensional perspective of body parts.’
      • ‘While in the flare, the edges of the runway in front of the airplane give better height perspective than the centerline does.’
      • ‘This was a very common mistake, especially with kids, who had no concept of depth or perspective.’
    2. 1.2[count noun] A view or prospect.
      • ‘He moved around to get a long perspective view of the street.’
      • ‘As well as providing the tropical touch, banana plants add height and perspective to borders and patios and conservatory displays.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the lack of any other visual perspectives meant that the film could have been shot in Beirut, Cairo or Baghdad.’
      • ‘Windows had been covered, leaving only holes by which to look out at Vancouver from fixed perspectives.’
      • ‘His landscapes offer a tilting perspective, often a view over rises or down a slope.’
      • ‘The surrounding Black Sea landscape serves to further intensify the already magnificent visual perspectives.’
      • ‘The elm trees that lined both sides of the road were heavy with mid-summer foliage, and the view from the attic gave a birds-eye perspective of the neighbourhood canopy.’
      • ‘This gives a panoramic perspective of the church as it spans across time and space.’
      view, vista, panorama, prospect, bird's-eye view, sweep, outlook, aspect
      View synonyms
    3. 1.3Geometry The relation of two figures in the same plane, such that pairs of corresponding points lie on concurrent lines, and corresponding lines meet in collinear points.
      • ‘He then goes on to give theorems which relate to the perspective of plane figures.’
  • 2A particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view:

    ‘most guidebook history is written from the editor's perspective’
    • ‘Several speakers offered perspectives on public policy toward addicts and addictions.’
    • ‘But they didn't follow this break by turning towards a revolutionary perspective.’
    • ‘The artwork has to be able to point towards new perspectives and formulate new possibilities and new narratives.’
    • ‘From a historical perspective, our attitudes about ‘what is art’ have changed from time to time.’
    • ‘The data helped us to better understand those programs and the participants' perspectives in regards to them.’
    • ‘Journalists should not automatically view events from the perspective of prison management.’
    • ‘International politics can be seen from three perspectives: realist, liberal and culturalistic.’
    • ‘It was a movement among a large layer of intellectuals who were drawn towards the socialist perspectives of the workers' movement.’
    • ‘It just depends upon the perspective one would view it from.’
    • ‘A company survey gave a new perspective on the attitudes, knowledge and emotions which form investor mistakes.’
    • ‘He is confident that this will profoundly affect the perspective paleontologists take towards dinosaur behavior.’
    • ‘In this paper I suggest an alternative perspective towards these assumptions.’
    • ‘This is precisely backward when viewed from the perspective of human liberty.’
    • ‘Dazzlingly diverse, it is home to a wonderful mix of races, perspectives and attitudes.’
    • ‘Progress is slow when viewed from the perspective of one life.’
    • ‘While we may not have control over everything in our lives, we do have control over our attitude and our perspective.’
    • ‘I have received feedback from one other person with regards to Monica's perspectives.’
    • ‘But what does a reading of these two books together do to contribute towards developing an anti-authoritarian perspective?’
    • ‘It used to be a decent shelter, but from my perspective, the attitude of the management and the board is not what you want at a shelter.’
    • ‘The emphasis is not on the law though, but rather on the lawyers and their different perspectives and attitudes to life.’
    outlook, view, viewpoint, point of view, standpoint, position, stand, stance, angle, slant, attitude, frame of mind, frame of reference, approach, way of looking, way of thinking, vantage point, interpretation
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1[mass noun] True understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion:
      ‘we must keep a sense of perspective about what he's done’
      ‘though these figures shock, they need to be put into perspective’
      • ‘Once a counselor has regressed, there is a loss of perspective and sense of consequences that may result in unsound judgment calls.’
      • ‘We have now reached the conclusion of this series and before we wrap up it is fitting for us to put into perspective the ground that we have covered.’
      • ‘Keep a sense of perspective when you are assessing the relative returns on offer from the various institutions.’
      • ‘It needs a common sense approach and a sense of perspective to the important things in life.’
      • ‘It is very important to put into perspective just how important this bill is to New Zealand.’
      • ‘But she thinks her sense of perspective is returning, particularly when she looks at the twins currently sporting more hair than their mum.’
      • ‘Alternatively, to reflect on my death prompts a sense of perspective on what is important to do now, how to set my priorities, how to live authentically.’
      • ‘So, I mean, I think this is important to keep this in some sense of perspective.’
      • ‘We still have to keep a sense of perspective about this.’
      • ‘Let's hope film-makers can acquire a similar sense of perspective before our collective memory is sold off to the highest bidder.’
      • ‘In thinking about this issue I realize how some people need to speak about themselves to large groups of people in order to create a sense of perspective.’
      • ‘And if people have no sense of humor or no sense of perspective on that, my response is, it's about time to get a life.’
      • ‘I'm not sure the state is right to suspend the license in that situation, but I think it's important to keep a sense of perspective here.’
      • ‘It keeps me grounded and gives me a sense of perspective.’
      • ‘Adults seem to have lost their sense of perspective.’
      • ‘While no-one doubts that it's a worrying time for students it is important that people adopt a sense of perspective in all of this.’
      • ‘You can see where I lost my sense of perspective.’
      • ‘Let's keep some sense of perspective about this.’
      • ‘Lunching with one's classmates can help the undergraduate develop a sense of perspective about their studies.’
      • ‘The combination of working class values and his artistic ability did give the musician a sense of perspective.’
  • 3An apparent spatial distribution in perceived sound.

    • ‘There is now a clearer definition and a back-to-front perspective to the sound.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense optics): from medieval Latin perspectiva (ars) (science of) optics, from perspect- looked at closely, from the verb perspicere, from per- through + specere to look.

Pronunciation:

perspective

/pəˈspɛktɪv/