What does inspection mean?

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ɪnˈspɛk ʃənin·spec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inspection, reviewnoun

    a formal or official examination

    "the platoon stood ready for review"; "we had to wait for the inspection before we could use the elevator"


  1. inspectionnoun

    Act of examining something, often closely.

    Upon closer inspection, the animal turned out to be a dolphin, not a shark!

    Etymology: From inspectio, from the verb inspecto, from specto, frequentive of specio.

  2. inspectionnoun

    Organization that checks that certain laws or rules are obeyed.

    The inspection fined the restaurant's owner because the kitchen was dirty.

    Etymology: From inspectio, from the verb inspecto, from specto, frequentive of specio.


  1. Inspection

    An inspection is, most generally, an organized examination or formal evaluation exercise. In engineering activities inspection involves the measurements, tests, and gauges applied to certain characteristics in regard to an object or activity. The results are usually compared to specified requirements and standards for determining whether the item or activity is in line with these targets. Inspections are usually non-destructive. A 2007 Scottish Government review of scrutiny of public services defined inspection of public services as '...periodic, targeted scrutiny of specific services, to check whether they are meeting national and local performance standards, legislative and professional requirements, and the needs of service users.' A surprise inspection tends to have different results than an announced inspection. Leaders wanting to know how others in their organization perform can drop in without warning, to see directly what happens. If an inspection is made known in advance, it can give people a chance to cover up or to fix mistakes. This could lead to distorted and inaccurate findings. A surprise inspection, therefore, gives inspectors a better picture of the typical state of the inspected object or process than an announced inspection. It also enhances external confidence in the inspection process. See section 4.12 of the Crear report.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. inspection

    In arms control, physical process of determining compliance with arms control measures.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. inspection

    The mode of working up the dead-reckoning by computed nautical tables. Also, a general examination or survey of all parts of a sea or land force by an officer of competent authority.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inspection

    A strict examination; a close survey. It is of various kinds, and embraces general, regimental, and troop or company duties. A general inspection is made from time to time by inspectors-general designated by the commanding generals of military divisions or departments. Every regiment on this occasion is minutely looked into, and a faithful account is delivered by each commanding officer of the actual state of his regiment. The interior economy of the corps is not only investigated, but the discipline of the men is likewise examined.

Editors Contribution

  1. inspection

    A form of official evaluation.

    The inspection of the premises for audit purposes was completed efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'inspection' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4563

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    Rank popularity for the word 'inspection' in Nouns Frequency: #1659

Anagrams for inspection »

  1. cispontine, inceptions

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inspection in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inspection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of inspection in a Sentence

  1. Frank Moore Colby:

    By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.

  2. China Daily:

    In addition to arranging pilgrimages for unqualified people, the investigated officials were found to have asked for and received bribes or neglected the inspection and management of pilgrimage work.

  3. Abbas Araqchi:

    The issue of interviews with nuclear scientists is generally off the table as well as the inspection of military sites, how additional protocol would be implemented is still a matter of disagreement that we are still talking about.

  4. Jeff Ralli.He:

    When you're doing a home tour with a realtor you kind of rush through it, you don't want to waste their time and you miss a lot of things, with the virtual tour, I looked at it over and over again. It is almost like doing a home inspection.

  5. Though Tesla:

    [ We will ] deeply reflect on the company's operational shortcomings and comprehensively strengthen self-inspection.

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