What does observation mean?

Definitions for observationˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word observation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. observation(noun)

    the act of making and recording a measurement

  2. observation, observance, watching(noun)

    the act of observing; taking a patient look

  3. observation, reflection, reflexion(noun)

    a remark expressing careful consideration

  4. observation(noun)

    facts learned by observing

    "he reported his observations to the mayor"

  5. notice, observation, observance(noun)

    the act of noticing or paying attention

    "he escaped the notice of the police"


  1. observation(Noun)

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

  2. observation(Noun)

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

  3. observation(Noun)

    A remark or comment.

  4. observation(Noun)

    A judgement based on observing.

  5. Origin: From observatio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observation(noun)

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

  2. Observation(noun)

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

  3. Observation(noun)

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

  4. Observation(noun)

    performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance

  5. Observation(noun)

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

  6. Observation(noun)

    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. Observation(noun)

    the information so acquired


  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.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cicero:

    Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.

  2. Louis Pasteur:

    In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.

  3. Louis Pasteur, lecture 1854:

    In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.

  4. Louis Pasteur:

    In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared minds.

  5. Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895:

    Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.

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