aspect

Definitions

  • We wuz overwhelmed with the onspeakable aspect of the buildin's—See
    We wuz overwhelmed with the onspeakable aspect of the buildin's—See
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aspect the feelings expressed on a person's face "a sad expression","a look of triumph","an angry face"
    • n aspect a characteristic to be considered
    • n aspect a distinct feature or element in a problem "he studied every facet of the question"
    • n aspect the visual percept of a region "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
    • n aspect the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb
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Ventral aspect of crayfish Ventral aspect of crayfish

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aspect (Aëronautics) A view of a plane from a given direction, usually from above; more exactly, the manner of presentation of a plane to a fluid through which it is moving or to a current. If an immersed plane meets a current of fluid long side foremost, or in broadside aspect, it sustains more pressure than when placed short side foremost. Hence, long narrow wings are more effective than short broad ones of the same area.
    • Aspect Appearance to the eye or the mind; look; view. "The aspect of affairs.""The true aspect of a world lying in its rubbish."
    • Aspect Look, or particular appearance of the face; countenance; mien; air. "Serious in aspect .""Craggs] with aspect open shall erect his head."
    • Aspect Position or situation with regard to seeing; that position which enables one to look in a particular direction; position in relation to the points of the compass; as, a house has a southern aspect, that is, a position which faces the south.
    • Aspect Prospect; outlook. "This town affords a good aspect toward the hill from whence we descended."
    • Aspect The act of looking; vision; gaze; glance. "The basilisk killeth by aspect .""His aspect was bent on the ground."
    • Aspect (Astrol) The influence of the stars for good or evil; as, an ill aspect . "The astrologers call the evil influences of the stars evil aspects ."
    • Aspect (Astrol) The situation of planets or stars with respect to one another, or the angle formed by the rays of light proceeding from them and meeting at the eye; the joint look of planets or stars upon each other or upon the earth.
    • v. t Aspect To behold; to look at.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aspect The act of seeing, or of looking at anything; view; gaze; glance; look.
    • n aspect Countenance; look or particular appearance of the face; mien; air: as, a mild or severe aspect.
    • n aspect Appearance to the eye or mind; look: as, the physical aspect of the country.
    • n aspect One of the ways in which a thing may be viewed or contemplated: as, to present an object or a subject in its true aspect; in a double aspect; a favorable aspect.
    • n aspect Practical bearing or reference.
    • n aspect View commanded; prospect; outlook.
    • n aspect [Now used in this sense mainly with reference to the points of the compass: as, a house has a southern aspect or exposure.]
    • n aspect In astrology, the relative positions of the planets as they appear at any given time to an observer upon the earth; the combined look of the heavenly bodies from the earth. The aspects are nine in number: semisextile, a difference of longitude of 30°; semisquare, of 45°; sextile, of 60°; quintile, of 72°; square or quartile, of 90°; trine, of 120°; sesquiquadrate, of 135°; biquintile. of 144°; opposition, of 180°. To these may be added conjunction, which occurs when the planets have the same longitude. Good aspects are the semisextile, sextile, quintile, trine, and biquintile. Bad aspects are the semisquare, square, sesquiquadrate, and opposition. Mundane aspects are such as are formed by the houses in horary astrology and by the semiares of the planets in nativities.
    • n aspect In heraldry, the position of an animal with reference to the spectator.
    • aspect To behold; look upon.
    • n aspect In forestry, the direction toward which a slope faces. The eight main points of the compass, north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, northwest, are distinguished in forest description. Also called exposure.
    • n aspect In logic, the concept of a compound object, or this object itself, resulting from mentally connecting a definite conception to an indefinite or partially indesignate object, the compound being regarded as identical with the previously indefinite object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aspect as′pekt look: view: appearance, also applied figuratively to the mind: position in relation to the points of the compass: the situation of one planet with respect to another, as seen from the earth
    • v.i Aspect (obs.) to look at
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Quotations

  • George Eliot
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    “Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.”
  • Simone Weil
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    “An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.”
  • Luis Bunuel
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    “If someone were to prove to me -- right this minute -- that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
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    “Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.”
  • Michel Leiris
    Michel Leiris
    “Nothing seems more like a whorehouse to me than a museum. In it you find the same equivocal aspect, the same frozen quality.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aspectus, fr. aspicere, aspectum, to look at; ad, + spicere, specere, to look, akin to E. spy,

Usage

In literature:

At this season nature wore her most cheerful and delightful aspect, and Flora celebrated her nuptials with Phoebus.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
No doubt she'd had more than I originally thought in that aspect, I conceded generously.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
This desolate and savage aspect of the rushing flood is much relieved by the aspect of marvellous beauty often presented on the banks.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Nor may we confine these remarks to this one aspect.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
The space within it has the aspect of an absolute vacuum.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
With that aspect of the question I have nothing to do, and of it nothing to say.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
There are many other aspects of desire for them which appear in other parts of this letter.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Another woman passenger was already in place opposite; and the aspect of this lady made an additional element in his uneasiness.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
And under certain telescopic aspects, and in some of the astral photographs, they really do appear to be contiguous.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Into that aspect of the matter, however, we do not now intend to enter.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
There the aspect is Southern, and the heat tropical for most part of the year.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Not that he wanted to deprive either of them; it just seemed incongruous that he make love to an Aspect of God.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
The trim little town which has grown up about the falls, and may be said to hang upon the water, has a holiday aspect.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
Nothing could have altered the aspect of this tragedy; but there was a singular fact which added to its intensity and bitterness.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The aspect of the garden by this time had been greatly modified.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
How poor and shrunken, beside it, is Italy in its brightest aspect!
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
In considering reality, mechanism regards only the aspect of similarity or repetition.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Do you think these phenomena are to stay always in their present power or aspect?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The town presented a melancholy aspect.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Still, every indication of life presents a very different aspect from any thing in our own country.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
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In poetry:

The land of the lakes
Shall no more know the prospect
Of valleys and brakes—
So transformed is her aspect!
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
Surrounded by majestic peaks,
By lordly mountain ranges,
Where highest voice of thunder speaks
His aspect never changes.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
But suddenly the gathering clouds
Portentous aspect wore;
And fiercely to the deluged earth,
Consign'd their wat'ry store.
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
There was not one, but wished to shun
My aspect void of cheer;
The very gray rocks, looking on,
Asked, "What do you here?"
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
O! APRIL , with thy scowling wind,
Thy aspect threatened sore;
And left thy work for May behind,
Caused Nature to deplore.
"A Few Lines Concerning The Weather, In 1818" by Susannah Hawkins
And she? she watched his open palm
Smooth out the letter from the sand,
And rose, with aspect almost calm,
And filled her hand
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Covers a variety of topics ranging from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of production.
Written and directed by So Yong Kim, it shows a different side of an actor we thought we knew and reveals unexpected aspects of a character who turns out to be not as familiar as he seems.
I should like to add some comment on the practical and financial aspects of this project.
The scientists studied males with no history of psychiatric disorders or substance dependence, who completed a questionnaire which helped assess different aspects of impulsivity , an important component of self-control.
The clinic's solution: inserting a value index into various aspects of the Medicare payment system such as physician fee schedules and hospital rates.
If that's your mindset, you'll want to pay attention to an aspect of index fund expenses that's drawing greater scrutiny: fees that fund companies pay to license benchmark indexes .
However, it has been unclear whether surgery to correct esotropia influences other aspects of infant development.
Shohola Township attorney Jason Oligher apologizes for not knowing an aspect of the Sunshine Law.
The Seventh International Conference on Inorganic Materials, set for September 12-14, 2010, in Biarritz, France, is the latest in a series of interdisciplinary conferences devoted to all aspects of inorganic materials research.
The most joy-inducing aspect of each of these examples is that you're not being cute or indulging in flattery in order to make your partner feel good.
Jeff Rowe is the Editor of EHRWatch, our community website focused on all aspects of electronic health records.
An epic yet intimate history of how the Soviets attempted to remake every aspect of life in Eastern Europe in the wake of World War II.
Adds seasonal and locally raised aspects and accents.
Educational tool helps users become familiar with the sustainability aspects of infrastructure project design.
How is it that what so many Westerners see as the most unappealing and premodern aspect of Islam is, to many Muslims, the vibrant, attractive core of a global movement of Islamic revival.
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In science:

Speicher. q-Gaussian processes: non-commutative and classical aspects, Commun.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
With the creation of this software comes a powerful research tool capable of automating many aspects of manipulating GRB data.
A GRB Tool Shed
Kondracki: Quantum principal fiber bundles: Topological aspects, Rep.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Quantum aspects of gauge theories, supersymmetry and unification.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Quantum aspects of gauge theories, supersymmetry and unification.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Quantum aspects of gauge theories, supersymmetry and unification.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Quantum aspects of gauge theories, supersymmetry and unification.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Quantum aspects of gauge theories, supersymmetry and unification.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Quantum aspects of gauge theories, supersymmetry and unification.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Various aspects of transport in the magnetic field of the Abrikosov vortices, the weak localization in particular, have been studied in Refs. [4–10].
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
There is another important aspect of the model related with masses of quarks and leptons which is worthy of special note.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
There is a plethora of proposed complexity measures in the literature, all trying to capture some aspects of what we mean when we say that something is complex.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
However, none of these nor any of the others capture all aspects of “complexity”.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Section 4 surveys probabilistic aspects of conjugacy classes in T (n, q), the group of n × n upper triangular matrices over the field Fq with 1’s along the main diagonal.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
This section surveys probabilistic aspects of conjugacy classes in the group T (n, q) of upper triangular matrices over finite fields with 1’s along the main diagonal.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
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