What does observation mean?
Definitions for observation
ˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃənob·ser·va·tion
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the act of making and recording a measurement
observation, observance, watchingnoun
the act of observing; taking a patient look
observation, reflection, reflexionnoun
a remark expressing careful consideration
facts learned by observing
"he reported his observations to the mayor"
notice, observation, observancenoun
the act of noticing or paying attention
"he escaped the notice of the police"
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.
Etymology: From observatio
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: observatio, from observo, Lat. observation, Fr.
These cannot be infused by observation, because they are the rules by which men take their first apprehensions and observations of things; as the being of the rule must be before its application to the thing directed by it. Robert South, Serm.
The rules of our practice are taken from the conduct of such persons as fall within our observation. John Rogers.
In matters of human prudence, we shall find the greatest advantage by making wise observations on our conduct, and of the events attending it. Isaac Watts, Logick.
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
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
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
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'observation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3337
Rank popularity for the word 'observation' in Nouns Frequency: #918
The numerical value of observation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of observation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of observation in a Sentence
We have seen no benefit, they're not allowed to be in the public eye. They're not allowed to be in our lookout and observation posts, even in Texas.
Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
We are not going to send any electoral observation mission there because Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has taken care to imprison all the political contenders who have stood in these elections.
MBS is eager to neutralize the threat posed by United States, whose intimate knowledge of the ruling family's skeletons, and everyone else's, and broad network, equipped him to enable any aspiring challenger to the crown, i don't rule out the possibility that MBS wanted to kill United States, but it's just as likely, if not more so, that were there a team deployed to Canada, MBS wanted to put United States under observation, information from which might provide insight on his contacts and activities.
From our observation, the smoke is very thick in Palangka Raya and Sampit, we have decided to give one week off from Monday to Saturday for the students in both locations.
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Translations for observation
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- anotació, registre, comentari, observacióCatalan, Valencian
- Beobachtung, BemerkungGerman
- anotación, observancia, observación, parecer, vigilancia, comentario, juicio, registroSpanish
- havainto, kommentti, päätös, päätelmä, huomio, havainnointi, huomautusFinnish
- observation, remarqueFrench
- 論評, 観察結果, 所見, 観察Japanese
- notatio, animadversio, observatioLatin
- opmerking, waarnemen, waarnemingDutch
- observação, comentário, parecer, registroPortuguese
- observație, observareRomanian
- наблюдение, замечаниеRussian
- uppsikt, tillsyn, observation, iakttagelse, anmärkningSwedish
- gözlem, gTurkish
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