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par·al·lax
ˈparəˌlaks/
noun
noun: parallax
  1. the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, e.g., through the viewfinder and the lens of a camera.
    • the angular amount of parallax in a particular case, esp. that of a star viewed from different points in the earth's orbit.
      plural noun: parallaxes
Origin
late 16th cent. (also in the general sense ‘fact of seeing wrongly’): from French parallaxe, from Greek parallaxis ‘a change,’ from parallassein ‘to alternate,’ based on allassein ‘to exchange’ (from allos ‘other’).
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