What does observer mean?

Definitions for observerəbˈzɜr vər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perceiver, percipient, observer, beholder(noun)

    a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses

  2. observer, commentator(noun)

    an expert who observes and comments on something


  1. observer(Noun)

    One who makes observations, monitors or takes notice

    Most impartial observers agreed that Sampras had not served well.

  2. observer(Noun)

    One who adheres or follows laws, guidelines, etc.

    I shall be an observer of the local customs.

  3. observer(Noun)

    A person sent as a representative, to a meeting or other function to monitor but not to participate

    The UN sent many observers to the country's first elections.

  4. observer(Noun)

    A crew member on an aircraft who makes observations of enemy positions or aircraft

    The only crew-member to survive the crash was the Canadian observer.

  5. observer(Noun)

    A sentry etc. manning an observation post

    We waited till dusk when the observers' vision was poorest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observer(noun)

    one who observes, or pays attention to, anything; especially, one engaged in, or trained to habits of, close and exact observation; as, an astronomical observer

  2. Observer(noun)

    one who keeps any law, custom, regulation, rite, etc.; one who conforms to anything in practice

  3. Observer(noun)

    one who fulfills or performs; as, an observer of his promises

  4. Observer(noun)

    a sycophantic follower


  1. Observer

    Observer is a fictional character in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. He is played by Bill Corbett, and appears in the eighth through tenth seasons of the series. Observer is a hyperintelligent, psychic alien from a planet of fellow aliens confusingly sharing the name "Observer". Supposedly, the Observers "evolved" beyond bodies into dark-green brains, contained in large Petri dishes. They are carried around humanoid host bodies, rendering their abandonment of their original bodies rather pointless. Thus Observer is, technically, only the brain which is being carried by the host body, but for all intents and purposes, he is considered a humanoid with brain separated from body. Observer joins the mad scientists after his planet is inadvertently destroyed by Mike Nelson. Like his colleagues Professor Bobo and Pearl Forrester, Brain Guy is deeply dysfunctional. Unlike Bobo and Pearl, Brain Guy apparently has a considerable social and sexual life once the Mads returns to Earth in Seasons 9 and 10. He is also said to have, as Professor Bobo put it, "B.O.". Observer denies this, claiming that he doesn't have a body, although eventually he gives himself a sniff and admits that he does, in fact, "stink".

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'observer' in Nouns Frequency: #1357


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of observer in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of observer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.

  2. Albert Camus:

    History, as an entirety, could only exist in the eyes of an observer outside it and outside the world. History only exists, in the final analysis, for God.

  3. Maria Montessori:

    The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer the activity must lie in the phenomenon.

  4. Lynsey Addario:

    When I first started out I really felt like :' I'm a journalist, I will be respected as a neutral observer, and I don't feel like that holds true anymore. I don't think people respect journalists the same way they once did.

  5. Marvin E. Wolfgang:

    It is the contention of this observer that few homicides due to shooting could be avoided merely if a firearm were not immediately present, and that the offender would select some other weapon to achieve the same destructive goal.

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