Definition of perspective in English:
- The Shrine authorities produced elevations and perspective drawings of even the most sacred buildings in order to facilitate rebuilding.
- 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.
- There is an added design advantage inherent in steps: they have a completely different impact, depending on the viewer's perspective.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- He moved around to get a long perspective view of the street.
- The artwork has to be able to point towards new perspectives and formulate new possibilities and new narratives.
- 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.
- It needs a common sense approach and a sense of perspective to the important things in life.
- Let's hope film-makers can acquire a similar sense of perspective before our collective memory is sold off to the highest bidder.
- 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.
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'.
In early use this word was a name for the science of optics: it comes from medieval Latin perspectiva (ars) ‘science of optics’, from perspicere ‘look at closely’. The notion of perspective in drawings dates from the end of the 16th century. The same verb lies behind perspicacious (early 17th century) which comes from the Latin for ‘seeing clearly’.
in (or out of) perspective
- 1.1Correctly (or incorrectly) regarded in terms of relative importance: these expenses may seem high, but they need to be put into perspectiveMore example sentences
- You have to be careful and keep this in perspective, especially in terms of apportioning blame.
- While this was a horrendous event, it is important to keep it in perspective.
- Taken together, this is a fairly revolutionary and intrusive programme, but it is important to view it in perspective.
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