Definitions for observationˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ob•ser•va•tionˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃən(n.)
an act or instance of noticing or perceiving.
an act or instance of regarding attentively or watching.
the faculty or habit of observing or noticing.
to escape observation.
an act or instance of watching or noting something for a scientific or other special purpose.
the information or record secured by such an act.
something learned in the course of observing things.
a remark or statement based on what one has observed; pronouncement.
the condition of being observed.
the measurement of the altitude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Obs. observance, as of the law.
Origin of observation:
1350–1400; ME < L
the act of making and recording a measurement
observation, observance, watching(noun)
the act of observing; taking a patient look
observation, reflection, reflexion(noun)
a remark expressing careful consideration
facts learned by observing
"he reported his observations to the mayor"
notice, observation, observance(noun)
the act of noticing or paying attention
"he escaped the notice of the police"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
observation(noun)ˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃən
a comment on a situation
the judge's observations about the case
observationˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃən
the state of being observed
observationˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃən
The police have the group under observation.
The act of observing, and the fact of being observed.
The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting.
A remark or comment.
A judgement based on observing.
Origin: From observatio
the act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything
the result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment
hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark
performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance
the act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal
specifically, the act of measuring, with suitable instruments, some magnitude, as the time of an occultation, with a clock; the right ascension of a star, with a transit instrument and clock; the sun's altitude, or the distance of the moon from a star, with a sextant; the temperature, with a thermometer, etc.
the information so acquired
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The act of regarding attentively and studying facts and occurrences, gathering data through analyzing, measuring, and drawing conclusions, with the purpose of applying the observed information to theoretical assumptions. Observation as a scientific method in the acquisition of knowledge began in classical antiquity; in modern science and medicine its greatest application is facilitated by modern technology. Observation is one of the components of the research process.
Translations for observation
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the act of noticing or watching
She is in hospital for observation.
- observaçãoPortuguese (BR)
- die BeobachtungGerman
- παρατήρηση, παρακολούθησηGreek
- مراقبت؛ توجهFarsi
- observation, surveillanceFrench
- stebėjimas, sekimasLithuanian
- iakttakelse, observasjonNorwegian
- مراقبت؛ توجهPersian
- observaţie, supraveghereRomanian
- observation, iakttagelseSwedish
- 觀察Chinese (Trad.)
- спостерігання; наглядUkrainian
- sự theo dõiVietnamese
- 观察Chinese (Simp.)
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