cep tion [per-sep-shuhn] –noun
1. the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the
2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation,
as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities;
insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
3. the result or product of perceiving,
as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
4. Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes
while a stimulus is present.
5. Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
1350–1400; ME percepcioun (< OF percepcïon) < L perception-
(s. of perceptio)
comprehension, lit., a taking in. See percept, -ion]
sion [vizh-uhn] –noun
1. the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.
2. the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be:
prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
3. an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly
or credibly to the mind,
although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine
or other agency:
a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision. Compare hallucination (def.
4. something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience:
The vision revealed its message.
5. a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation: visions of wealth
6. something seen; an object of sight.
7. a scene, person, etc., of extraordinary beauty: The sky was a vision
of red and pink.
8. computer vision.
–verb (used with object) 9. to envision: She tried to vision herself
in a past century.
1250–1300; ME < L vision- (s. of visio) a seeing, view, equiv.
ptp. of videre to see + -ion- -ion]