Definitions for: Aspect

[n] the expression on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
[n] a characteristic to be considered
[n] a distinct feature or element in a problem; "he studied every facet of the question"
[n] the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
[n] the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb

Webster (1913) Definition: As"pect, n. [L. aspectus, fr. aspicere, aspectum, to
look at; ad + spicere, specere, to look, akin to E. spy.]
1. The act of looking; vision; gaze; glance. [R.] ``The
basilisk killeth by aspect.'' --Bacon.

His aspect was bent on the ground. --Sir W.

2. Look, or particular appearance of the face; countenance;
mien; air. ``Serious in aspect.'' --Dryden.

[Craggs] with aspect open shall erect his head.

3. Appearance to the eye or the mind; look; view. ``The
aspect of affairs.'' --Macaulay.

The true aspect of a world lying in its rubbish.
--T. Burnet.

4. 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.

5. Prospect; outlook. [Obs.]

This town affords a good aspect toward the hill from
whence we descended. --Evelyn.

6. (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. --Milton.

Note: The aspects which two planets can assume are five;
sextile, ?, when the planets are 60[deg] apart;
quartile, or quadrate, ?, when their distance is
90[deg] or the quarter of a circle; trine, ?, when the
distance is 120[deg]; opposition, ?, when the distance
is 180[deg], or half a circle; and conjunction, ?, when
they are in the same degree. Astrology taught that the
aspects of the planets exerted an influence on human
affairs, in some situations for good and in others for

7. (Astrol.) The influence of the stars for good or evil; as,
an ill aspect. --Shak.

The astrologers call the evil influences of the
stars evil aspects. --Bacon.

Aspect of a plane (Geom.), the direction of the plane.

As*pect", v. t. [L. aspectare, v. intens. of aspicere.
See Aspect, n.]
To behold; to look at. [Obs.]

As"pect, n. (A["e]ronautics)
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.

Synonyms: expression, face, facet, facial expression, look, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista

See Also: background, characteristic, characteristic, coast, countenance, durative, durative aspect, exposure, feature, foreground, glimpse, grammatical relation, ground, inchoative aspect, leer, light, middle distance, perfective, perfective aspect, sector, side, side view, spark, sparkle, sphere, surface, tableau, visage, visual image, visual percept

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