What does observatory mean?

Definitions for observatoryəbˈzɜr vəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. observatory(noun)

    a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena

  2. lookout, observation tower, lookout station, observatory(noun)

    a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings


  1. Observatory(n.)

    (Mil.) A lookout on a flank of a battery whence an officer can note the range and effect of the fire; usually referred to as an observation post. Farrow.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. observatoire.]


  1. observatory(Noun)

    A place where stars, planets and other celestial bodies are observed, usually through a telescope.

  2. Origin: From the participle stem of observare .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observatory(noun)

    a place or building for making observations on the heavenly bodies

  2. Observatory(noun)

    a building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series of natural phenomena

  3. Observatory(noun)

    a place, as an elevated chamber, from which a view may be observed or commanded

  4. Observatory(noun)

    a lookout on a flank of a battery whence an officer can note the range and effect of the fire

  5. Origin: [Cf. F. observatoire.]


  1. Observatory

    An observatory is a location used for observing terrestrial or celestial events. Astronomy, climatology/meteorology, geology, oceanography and volcanology are examples of disciplines for which observatories have been constructed. Historically, observatories were as simple as containing an astronomical sextant or Stonehenge.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of observatory in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of observatory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gavin Heffernan:

    Some of my favorite spots were the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley, Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, and the Enchanted Highway in North Dakota, there's lots of gems out there but my favorite spots are where you can imagine you're on another planet.

  2. Tom Falvey:

    We have had calls from people in Europe, South America, and so people will come from all over the world to see this and chase this eclipse, so we are getting ready to show them this place, show them our wonderful telescopes collection, our observatory, planetarium, the wonderful galleries we have.

  3. Tom Painter:

    In 2013, we started flying the Airborne Snow Observatory essentially to take laser and spectrometers to map all the snow to be able to know the exact distribution across the landscape, some of the snow we are looking at out here, some of it goes deeper than 75 feet. And there are a lot of places that are much deeper than 50 feet all across the landscape.

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