spec-, spic-, spect-, spectat-, spectro- -spectr, -spectful, -spection, -spective

(Latin: to see, seeing; to look at, looking at; sight, to appear, appearing; to behold, to examine, examining)

kaleidoscope (s) (noun), kaleidoscopes (pl)
1. An optical toy consisting of a cylinder with mirrors and colored shapes inside that create shifting symmetrical patterns when the end is rotated.
2. A complex set of events or circumstances.
3. From early 19th century, Greek kalos, "beautiful" + eidos, "form"; + scope, "see".
1. An optical instrument that uses a lens, or a combination of lenses, to produce magnified images of small objects, especially of objects too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
2. An instrument; such as, an electron microscope, that uses electronic or other processes to magnify objects.
3. A device that uses a lens or system of lenses to produce a greatly magnified image of an object.

An optical microscope uses transmitted or reflected light to obtain the image. An electron microscope uses a beam of electrons and a system of electron-focusing lenses to obtain images.

Misericordia non causam, sed fortunam spectat.
Translation: Compassion takes care of sufferings, it does not ask for their cause.

Motto of German Emperor Rupprecht of Palatinate (1400-1410).

perspicacious (adjective), more perspicacious, most perspicacious
1. Regarding a person who is penetratingly discerning, perceptive, or astute: Tony thought his mother was a perspicacious judge of character.
2. Concerning an individual who has the ability to notice and to understand things that are difficult or not obvious: Jack, the film critic, made some perspicacious observations about the movie.
perspicaciously (adverb), more perspicaciously, most perspicaciously
1. Descriptive of how a person sees or understand clearly: While Mr. Black was explaining the details of using the computer, all the students perspicaciously listened and viewed what was shown on the magic board.
2. Concerning how a person can discern acutely or keenly: When the students were looking through the microscope, they perspicaciously observed the tiny details of the sample leaves.
perspicacity (s) (noun), perspicacities (pl)
1. The ability to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to have sound conclusions: It was a marvelous effort of perspicacity for Samuel to discover that he loved his wife when he first met her before they got married.
2. A clearness of understanding or insight and discernment: Perspicacity was a characteristic of Paul's character and it was a political advantage for him when he was running for his senate seat in congress.
3. An acuteness of discernment or perception:Jack was very quick in grasping the central point of the lessons and was always correct in interpreting the meaning of the topics. His perspicacity was of great use to his friends in school!
1. Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand.
2. Being clear and comprehensible or clearly expressed and therefore easily understood.
prime suspect (s) (noun), prime suspects (pl)
Someone who is believed to be guilty of committing a criminal act: Matilda's cousin is the prime suspect in the robbery of a man who was walking in the park.
Someone who is thought to be a criminal.
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Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "appear, visible, visual, manifest, show, see, reveal, look": blep-; delo-; demonstra-; opt-; -orama; pare-; phanero-; phant-; pheno-; scopo-; vela-, veal-; video-, visuo-.