What does Observation mean?

Definitions for Observation
ˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃənObser·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. observationnoun

    the act of making and recording a measurement

  2. observation, observance, watchingnoun

    the act of observing; taking a patient look

  3. observation, reflection, reflexionnoun

    a remark expressing careful consideration

  4. observationnoun

    facts learned by observing

    "he reported his observations to the mayor"

  5. notice, observation, observancenoun

    the act of noticing or paying attention

    "he escaped the notice of the police"

Wiktionary

  1. observationnoun

    The act of observing, and the fact of being observed.

    Etymology: From observatio

  2. observationnoun

    The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting.

    Etymology: From observatio

  3. observationnoun

    A remark or comment.

    Etymology: From observatio

  4. observationnoun

    A judgement based on observing.

    Etymology: From observatio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observationnoun

    the act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything

  2. Observationnoun

    the result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment

  3. Observationnoun

    hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark

  4. Observationnoun

    performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance

  5. Observationnoun

    the act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal

  6. Observationnoun

    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.

  7. Observationnoun

    the information so acquired

Freebase

  1. Observation

    Observation is an activity of a living being, such as a human, which is necessary in order to receive knowledge of the world or about the environment through the senses, which often later involves the recording of data via the use of scientific instruments. The term may also refer to any data collected during this activity.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Observation

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. observation

    In nautical astronomy, denotes the taking the sun, moon, or stars' altitude with a quadrant or sextant, in order thereby to find the latitude or time; also, the lunar distances.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Observation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3337

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Observation' in Nouns Frequency: #918

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Observation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Observation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Observation in a Sentence

  1. Harriet Martineau:

    Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.

  2. Henry Ford:

    It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

  3. Jeh Johnson:

    He is often impatient with our sluggish government bureaucracy, can at times be very hands-on in resolving issues and problems that are brought to his personal attention, and is always mindful that we are public servants, ali works hard to do the right thing, and never acts, in my observation, for reasons of personal advancement or aggrandizement.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When you speak with a Scientist about the glass being half-full and half-empty, she/he says that it's a SWAG (Scientific Wild Assumption Guess) based on only visual observation but not substantiated by any experimental data; and therefore it must be inaccurate. She/he will suggest that you do the following: (a) mark the glass at the bottom of the meniscus of the content, (b) pour the content into a bigger glass, (c) fill the empty glass with fresh content up to the mark, (d) add the original content back in, (e) note whether or not the combined content overflows the lip of the glass, (f) conclude that either the glass was more than half full if it overflows, or it was more than half-empty if it doesn't reach the top, (g) conclude that it was either half-full or half-empty only if it neither overflows nor fails to reach the top. Just a word of caution: Don't be surprised if the scientist, doesn't matter she or he, after all that "scientific discussion" asks you: "Now, what was your question again?

  5. Ellis Glover:

    We were extremely well-informed about the entire process, you start at a super low dose and work your way up. You take it at the hospital under observation. Then, you take it at home every day.

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