Perspective 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.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to the art, or in accordance with the laws, of perspective. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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