1 mass noun The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.
1.1 The appearance of viewed objects with regard to their relative position, distance from the viewer, etc.
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘optics’): from medieval Latin perspectiva (ars) ‘(science of) optics’, from perspect- ‘looked at closely’, from the verb perspicere, from per- ‘through’ + specere ‘to look’.
WotD is skewed. Let’s admit it. All the rest of you get to read an official definition, but then you read my sample and view the word from my perspective (especially in the illustration)!