ad-: to, at
spect: derived from Latin "specere", meaning "look"
So aspect means:
The direction of looking to.
- In abstract things, "one direction" means "one side, or one part of something". So if the direction is about abstract thing, aspect means "a particular part or feature of a situation, an idea, a problem, etc".
- If the direction is about physical object, this means "the direction in which a building, a window, or a piece of land, etc. faces".
The thing of looking at.
- The thing that is looked at must be the appearance of something.
Evolution of usage
Different people see different direction of one thing.
Different people see different aspect of one thing.
Tom Cruise has a handsome thing of looking at.
Tom Cruise has a handsome aspect.