linear perspective

linear perspective
Perspective 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. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is seen through an opening; a view; a vista. ``The perspective of life.'' --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A["e]rial perspective is the expression of space by any means whatsoever, sharpness of edge, vividness of color, etc. --Ruskin. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

5. A drawing in linear perspective. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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