Random House Definitions: Decry, Describe, Description, Perception (architectual image), Percept, Perceive,
|per·cep·tion (pÃr sepÆshÃn), n. (from
1. the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
3. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
4. Psychol. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
5. Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
[13501400; ME percepcioun (< OF percepcïon) < L percepti$n- (s. of percepti$) comprehension, lit., a taking in. See PERCEPT, -ION]
Syn.1. awareness, sense, recognition.
|per·cept (pûrÆsept), n.
1. the mental result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; an impression or sensation of something perceived.
2. something that is perceived; the object of perception.
[183040; < L perceptum something perceived, n. use of neut. of perceptus, ptp. of percipere to PERCEIVE]
|per·ceive (pÃr s"vÆ), v.t., -ceived, -ceiv·ing.
1. to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses: I perceived an object looming through the mist.
2. to recognize, discern, envision, or understand: I perceive a note of sarcasm in your voice. This is a nice idea but I perceive difficulties in putting it into practice.
[12501300; ME perceiven < AF *perceivre, for perçoivre < L percipere to lay hold of, grasp, equiv. to per- PER- + -cipere, comb. form of capere to take]
Syn. 1. note, discover, observe, descry, distinguish. See notice.
|descry (di skr#Æ), v.t., -scried, -scrying.
de·scry (di skr#Æ), v.t., -scried, -scry·ing.
1. to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy: The lookout descried land.
2. to discover; perceive; detect.
[12501300; ME descrien < OF de(s)crïer to proclaim, decry. See DIS-1, CRY]
|per·spec·tive (pÃr spekÆtiv), n.
1. a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Cf. 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.
8. of or pertaining to the art of perspective, or represented according to its laws.
[13501400; ME < ML perspect#va (ars) optical (science), perspect#vum optical glass, n. uses of fem. and neut. of perspect#vus optical, equiv. to L perspect-, ptp. s. of perspicere to look at closely (see PER-, INSPECT) + -#vus -IVE]
|de·scribe (di skr#bÆ), v.t., -scribed, -scrib·ing.
1. to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of: He described the accident very carefully.
2. to pronounce, as by a designating term, phrase, or the like; label: There are few people who may be described as geniuses.
3. to indicate; be a sign of; denote: Conceit, in many cases, describes a state of serious emotional insecurity.
4. to represent or delineate by a picture or figure.
5. Geom. to draw or trace the outline of: to describe an arc.
[140050; late ME describen < L d"scr#bere, equiv. to d"- DE- + scr#bere to write]
Syn.1. portray, characterize, represent; recount, tell, relate. DESCRIBE, NARRATE agree in the idea of giving an account of something. To DESCRIBE is to convey in words the appearance, nature, attributes, etc., of something. The word often implies vividness of personal observation: to describe a scene, an event. To NARRATE is to recount the occurrence of something, usually by giving the details of an event or events in the order of their happening. NARRATE thus applies only to that which happens in time: to narrate an incident.
Perspectives are different views of a building while the description of the building is the architects blueprints from which and upon which all perspectives depend and arise.
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