Each generation has a different perception — view, idea or understanding — of what is cool. You wouldn't want to walk around in the paisley patterns of the 1960s or the big hair of the 1980s today!

Based on the Latin root cipere, "to grasp," perception refers to the way you take in the world through your senses. Have you ever thought a stair was bigger than it really was so your step was too heavy? Your depth perception was off. The noun also means the opinions and beliefs you've formed about something. Your perception of your room after you've cleaned it is different than your parents' — you see clean and they probably don't.

Definitions of perception
  1. noun
    the process of perceiving
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    constancy, perceptual constancy
    (psychology) the tendency for perceived objects to give rise to very similar perceptual experiences in spite of wide variations in the conditions of observation
    detection, sensing
    the perception that something has occurred or some state exists
    beholding, seeing, visual perception
    perception by means of the eyes
    auditory perception, sound perception
    the perception of sound as a meaningful phenomenon
    aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression
    an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation
    somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia
    the perception of tactual or proprioceptive or gut sensations
    feeling, tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch, touch sensation
    the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin
    brightness constancy
    the tendency for a visual object to be perceived as having the same brightness under widely different conditions of illumination
    color constancy, colour constancy
    the tendency for a color to look the same under widely different viewing conditions
    shape constancy
    the tendency to perceive the shape of a rigid object as constant despite differences in the viewing angle (and consequent differences in the shape of the pattern projected on the retina of the eye)
    size constancy
    the tendency to perceive the veridical size of a familiar object despite differences in their distance (and consequent differences in the size of the pattern projected on the retina of the eye)
    the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
    face recognition
    the visual perception of familiar faces
    object recognition
    the visual perception of familiar objects
    visual space
    the visual perception of space
    speech perception
    the auditory perception (and comprehension) of speech
    musical perception
    the auditory perception of musical sounds
    limen, threshold
    the smallest detectable sensation
    the blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation
    vision, visual sensation
    the perceptual experience of seeing
    odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell
    the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form
    gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
    the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
    auditory sensation, sound
    the subjective sensation of hearing something
    synaesthesia, synesthesia
    a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated
    a physical sensation that you experience
    prickling, tingle, tingling
    a somatic sensation as from many tiny prickles
    an uneasy sensation as of insects creeping on your skin
    cutaneous sensation, haptic sensation, skin sensation
    a sensation localized on the skin
    pressure, pressure sensation
    the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin
    pain, pain sensation, painful sensation
    a somatic sensation of acute discomfort
    the somatic sensation of cold or heat
    fusion, optical fusion
    the combining of images from the two eyes to form a single visual percept
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    basic cognitive process
    cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge
  2. noun
    becoming aware of something via the senses
    synonyms: sensing
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    look, looking, looking at
    the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
    hearing, listening
    the act of hearing attentively
    perceiving what a person is saying by observing the movements of the lips
    taste, tasting
    a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds
    smell, smelling
    the act of perceiving the odor of something
    listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
    coup d'oeil, gander, glance, glimpse
    a quick look
    a prolonged intense look
    peek, peep
    a secret look
    the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed
    a fixed look with eyes open wide
    evil eye
    a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm
    rubber-necking, sightseeing
    going about to look at places of interest
    observance, observation, watching
    the act of observing; taking a patient look
    lookout, outlook
    the act of looking out
    sight, survey, view
    the act of looking or seeing or observing
    British slang for a look
    rehearing, relistening
    the act of hearing again
    sniff, snuff
    sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
    the ability to taste, judge, and appreciate food
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    sensory activity
    activity intended to achieve a particular sensory result
  3. noun
    a way of conceiving something
    “Luther had a new perception of the Bible”
  4. noun
    knowledge gained by perceiving
    “a man admired for the depth of his perception
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    discernment, perceptiveness
    perception of that which is obscure
    insight, penetration
    clear or deep perception of a situation
    range or scope of what is perceived
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    cognition, knowledge, noesis
    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  5. noun
    the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
    synonyms: percept, perceptual experience
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    a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
    a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
    visual image, visual percept
    a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
    eye candy
    visual images that are pleasing to see but are intellectually undemanding
    field, field of view
    the area that is visible (as through an optical instrument)
    an instance of visual perception
    aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista
    the visual percept of a region
    field of regard, field of vision, visual field
    all of the points of the physical environment that can be perceived by a stable eye at a given moment
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    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
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