aspect

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.

Primary Meanings of aspect

1.
n
a characteristic to be considered
2.
n
the feelings expressed on a person's face
3.
n
the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb
Full Definitions of aspect
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n a characteristic to be considered

Type of:
characteristic
a distinguishing quality

n a distinct feature or element in a problem

Synonyms:
facet
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side
an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
sector, sphere
a particular aspect of life or activity
surface
a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something
downside
a negative aspect of something that is generally positive
hand
one of two sides of an issue
department
a specialized sphere of knowledge
Type of:
characteristic, feature
a prominent attribute or aspect of something

n 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
coast
the area within view
exposure
aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces
foreground
the part of a scene that is near the viewer
glimpse
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
tableau
any dramatic scene
profile
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
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n the feelings expressed on a person's face

Synonyms:
expression, face, facial expression, look
Types:
leer
a suggestive or sneering look or grin
light, spark, sparkle, twinkle
merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
Type of:
countenance, visage
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
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n 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
Type of:
grammatical relation
a linguistic relation established by grammar