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Pronunciation:  pur'spektiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer
  2. [n]  a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view"

PERSPECTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: linear perspective, position, view
 See Also: apparent horizon, appearance, bird's eye view, cutting edge, forefront, horizon, light, orientation, panoramic view, paradigm, picture plane, point of view, sensible horizon, sight, skyline, stand, standpoint, vanguard, vanishing point, viewpoint, visible horizon, visual aspect, Weltanschauung, world view



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Per*spec"tive\, a. [L. perspicere, perspectum, to
    look through; per + spicere, specere, to look: cf. F.
    perspectif; or from E. perspective, n. See {Spy}, n.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the science of vision; optical. [Obs.]
    2. Pertaining to the art, or in accordance with the laws, of
    {Perspective plane}, the plane or surface on which the
       objects are delineated, or the picture drawn; the plane of
       projection; -- distinguished from the ground plane, which
       is that on which the objects are represented as standing.
       When this plane is oblique to the principal face of the
       object, the perspective is called oblique perspective;
       when parallel to that face, parallel perspective.
    {Perspective shell} (Zo["o]l.), any shell of the genus
       {Solarium} and allied genera. See {Solarium}.
  2. \Per*spec"tive\, n. [F. perspective, fr. perspectif:
    cf. It. perspettiva. See {Perspective}, a.]
    1. A glass through which objects are viewed. [Obs.] ``Not a
       perspective, but a mirror.'' --Sir T. Browne.
    2. That which is seen through an opening; a view; a vista.
       ``The perspective of life.'' --Goldsmith.
    3. The effect of distance upon the appearance of objects, by
       means of which the eye recognized them as being at a more
       or less measurable distance. Hence, a["e]rial perspective,
       the assumed greater vagueness or uncertainty of outline in
       distant objects.
             A["e]rial perspective is the expression of space by
             any means whatsoever, sharpness of edge, vividness
             of color, etc.                        --Ruskin.
    4. The art and the science of so delineating objects that
       they shall seem to grow smaller as they recede from the
       eye; -- called also {linear perspective}.
    5. A drawing in linear perspective.
    {Isometrical perspective}, an inaccurate term for a
       mechanical way of representing objects in the direction of
       the diagonal of a cube.
    {Perspective glass}, a telescope which shows objects in the
       right position.
Computing Dictionary

In computer games, the virtual position from which the human player views the playing area. There are three different perspectives: first person, second person, and third person.

First person perspective: Viewing the world through the eyes of the primary character in three dimensions. e.g. Doom, Quake.

Second person perspective: Viewing the game through a spectator's eyes, in two or three dimensions. Depending on the game, the main character is always in view. e.g. Super Mario Bros., Tomb Raider.

Third person perspective: a point of view which is independent of where characters or playing units are. The gaming world is viewed much as a satellite would view a battlefield. E.g. Warcraft, Command & Conquer.

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