Definitions

I have almost an obsession with words and their definitions, I have to understand the basics before I can begin to start doing anything else so…

BEAUTY: is the combination of qualities that give pleasure to the senses, especially the sight | also the combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense| is the feature that is most effective, gratifying or telling | an outstanding example of its kind | an advantageous feature

But I’m curious how beauty is very hard to define and understand, especially how it seems to be assessed more by whether is succeeds in its initial intended purpose and that depends on the context in which you use the word.

FORM: the appearance of something – shape, configuration, structure | the organisation of elements, arrangement of parts, placement and relationship of basic lines/colours | visual characteristic – its unique identity, what makes it different from others

I need to consider things like symmetry, geometry, golden section, ratios and proportions, order of part and general overall visual balance… and how they affect one’s judgment of beauty in form.

PERCEPTION: the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
• the state of being or process of becoming aware of something in such a way
• a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression
• intuitive understanding and insight

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