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a. A way in which something can be viewed by the mind: looked at all aspects of the situation.
b. A characteristic or feature of something: a novel with many unusual aspects.
2. A particular look or facial expression; mien: "He was serious of aspect but wholly undistinguished" (Louis Auchincloss).
3. Appearance to the eye, especially from a specific vantage point: "many small unsightly hillocks ... that had the aspect of graves" (Edgar Allan Poe).
4. A position facing or commanding a given direction; exposure: a building with a southern aspect.
5. A side or surface facing in a particular direction: the ventral aspect of the body.
a. The configuration of the stars, constellations, or planets in relation to one another.
b. This configuration, thought by astrologers to influence human affairs.
7. Grammar
a. A property of verbs in which the action or state is related to the passage of time, especially in reference to completion, duration, or repetition.
b. A set or category of verb forms indicating such a relation.
8. Archaic An act of looking or gazing.

[Middle English, from Latin aspectus, a view, from past participle of aspicere, to look at : ad-, ad- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

as·pec′tu·al (ă-spĕk′cho͞o-əl) adj.
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(Grammar) of or relating to grammatical aspect
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Adj.1.aspectual - of or belonging to an aspect (as an aspect of the verb); "the aspectual system of Greek"
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adj (Gram) → im Aspekt
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By the way, have you read my work on 'The Fallaciousness of the Aspectual in Art'?"
The goal is to demonstrate the diversity of aspectual systems and the fuzzy semantics of grammatical aspect.
Drawing on his theory of "aspectual thinking" that sustained his book Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity (2003), Altieri explores how Ashbery transforms Stevens's imagination to modify the world or to "produce senses of mystery, fluidity, and connectedness within the activity of writing as it engages aspects of the world" (187).
Within this framework she outlines five discursive criteria: communicative situation, intentions of the speaker, temporal patterns, aspectual entities, and principles of text-progression.
Encompassing the fifth generation of Canon's cutting-edge Aspectual Illumination System (AISYS), the projector harnesses advanced light-splitting technology in order to project vibrant images, it added.
Interestingly, the indefinite present tense, also known as a- tense, is described in Chapter 33 ('Additional tenses and their negation') rather than in Chapter 5 alongside the ordinary present tense; after all, the difference between the two is aspectual and is often ignored in real, ordinary usage.