Perspective: What the heck?

–noun

1.

a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
2.

a picture employing this technique, esp. one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
3.

a visible scene, esp. one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
4.

the state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
5.

the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
6.

the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
7.

a mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.

–adjective

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