Other forms: aspects

Aspect means a part or feature of something. If you are going to vote for a candidate, you should first learn about the various aspects of her political agenda.

At the heart of the word aspect is the Latin specere "look" (think spectacles). Later, the word became connected to the idea of what can be seen from a particular position. Whether that means you can see all of something (all aspects) or only part (one aspect) depends on where you are standing and how hard you are looking.

Definitions of aspect
  1. noun
    a characteristic to be considered
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    characteristic, discriminant
    a distinguishing quality
  2. noun
    a distinct feature or element in a problem
    synonyms: facet
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    an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
    sector, sphere
    a particular aspect of life or activity
    a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something
    a negative aspect of something that is generally positive
    one of two sides of an issue
    a specialized sphere of knowledge
    type of:
    characteristic, feature
    a prominent attribute or aspect of something
  3. noun
    the visual percept of a region
    synonyms: panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista
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    background, ground
    the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
    the area within view
    aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces
    the part of a scene that is near the viewer
    a brief or incomplete view
    middle distance
    the part of a scene between the foreground and the background
    side view
    a view from the side of something
    any dramatic scene
    an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)
    type of:
    visual image, visual percept
    a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
  4. noun
    the feelings expressed on a person's face
    synonyms: expression, face, facial expression, look
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    a suggestive or sneering look or grin
    light, spark, sparkle, twinkle
    merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
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    countenance, visage
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
  5. noun
    the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb
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    perfective, perfective aspect
    the aspect of a verb that expresses a completed action
    durative, durative aspect
    the aspect of a verb that expresses its duration
    inchoative, inchoative aspect
    aspect with regard to the beginning of the action of the verb
    iterative, iterative aspect
    the aspect of the verb that expresses the repetition of an action
    imperfective, imperfective aspect
    aspect without regard to the beginning or completion of the action of the verb
    progressive aspect
    the aspect of a verb that expresses its on-going action
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    grammatical relation
    a linguistic relation established by grammar




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