What does observer mean?

Definitions for observer
əbˈzɜr vərob·serv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perceiver, percipient, observer, beholdernoun

    a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses

  2. observer, commentatornoun

    an expert who observes and comments on something


  1. observernoun

    One who makes observations, monitors or takes notice

    Most impartial observers agreed that Sampras had not served well.

  2. observernoun

    One who adheres or follows laws, guidelines, etc.

    I shall be an observer of the local customs.

  3. observernoun

    A person sent as a representative, to a meeting or other function to monitor but not to participate

    The UN sent many observers to the country's first elections.

  4. observernoun

    A crew member on an aircraft who makes observations of enemy positions or aircraft

    The only crew-member to survive the crash was the Canadian observer.

  5. observernoun

    A sentry etc. manning an observation post

    We waited till dusk when the observers' vision was poorest.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Observernoun

    Etymology: from observe.

    He reads much;
    He is a great observer; and he looks
    Quite thro’ the deeds of men. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    There is a kind of character in thy life,
    That to th’ observer doth thy history
    Fully unfold. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    Careful observers may foretel the hour,
    By sure prognostics when to dread a show’r. Jonathan Swift.

    If a slow pac’d star had stol’n away,
    From the observer ’s marking, he might stay
    Three hundred years to see’t again. John Donne.

    Company, he thinks, lessens the shame of vice, by sharing it; and therefore, if he cannot wholly avoid the eye of the observer, he hopes to distract it at least by a multiplicity of objects. Robert South, Sermons.

    Many nations are superstitious, and diligent observers of old customs, which they receive by continual tradition from their parents, by recording of their bards and chronicles. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    The king after the victory, as one that had been bred under a devout mother, and was in his nature a great observer of religious forms, caused Te Deum to be solemnly sung in the presence of the whole army upon the place. Francis Bacon.

    He was so strict an observer of his word, that no consideration whatever could make him break it. Matthew Prior.

    Himself often read useful discourses to his servants on the Lord’s day, of which he was always a very strict and solemn observer. Francis Atterbury, Serm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observernoun

    one who observes, or pays attention to, anything; especially, one engaged in, or trained to habits of, close and exact observation; as, an astronomical observer

  2. Observernoun

    one who keeps any law, custom, regulation, rite, etc.; one who conforms to anything in practice

  3. Observernoun

    one who fulfills or performs; as, an observer of his promises

  4. Observernoun

    a sycophantic follower


  1. Observer

    Observer is a fictional character in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. He is played by Bill Corbett, and appears in the eighth through tenth seasons of the series. Observer is a hyperintelligent, psychic alien from a planet of fellow aliens confusingly sharing the name "Observer". Supposedly, the Observers "evolved" beyond bodies into dark-green brains, contained in large Petri dishes. They are carried around humanoid host bodies, rendering their abandonment of their original bodies rather pointless. Thus Observer is, technically, only the brain which is being carried by the host body, but for all intents and purposes, he is considered a humanoid with brain separated from body. Observer joins the mad scientists after his planet is inadvertently destroyed by Mike Nelson. Like his colleagues Professor Bobo and Pearl Forrester, Brain Guy is deeply dysfunctional. Unlike Bobo and Pearl, Brain Guy apparently has a considerable social and sexual life once the Mads returns to Earth in Seasons 9 and 10. He is also said to have, as Professor Bobo put it, "B.O.". Observer denies this, claiming that he doesn't have a body, although eventually he gives himself a sniff and admits that he does, in fact, "stink".

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'observer' in Nouns Frequency: #1357

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of observer in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of observer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of observer in a Sentence

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    I can tell you very happily, and I think any objective observer would confirm what I'm saying, is that in the last year and half or so, the Democratic party has moved in a far more progressive direction than they were before I ran for president.

  2. Bryanna Reid:

    It's ok to understand other people. But it's not enough. Advertence is necessary too. Because it's easy to understand abstract person if you're not a victim but outside observer. Imagine you say to friend who needs your help: «I understand the man who stole from you because he was starved». Or that: «I understand that scumbag who raped you because his wife ran out on him and he wanted to blow off steam». Only most hard-hearted person can say that.

  3. Alexander Pope:

    One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.

  4. Tamaey Gottuso:

    Today I will be an observer. Today I will not judge that which I know nothing about. Today I will see that we are all Divine brothers and sisters on our own individual journeys co-creating situations that lead us to soulful healing. Today I will see that I AM exactly where I AM suppose to be & the lessons I AM learning at this very moment are so very important. Today I remember that I AM playing my very special part in someone elses journey. Namaste. Tamaey Gottuso

  5. That Stonehouse:

    Philip Athill was Philip Athill and an observer, philip Athill was illegitimate and was brought up largely by Philip Athill mother in France, and it later emerged that Philip Athill was gay when Philip Athill had an affair with a male Swedish film star.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. huff
    • B. caddie
    • C. excogitate
    • D. gloat

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