observation

[Ob`ser*va┬Ětion]

When you take a good look at something, noticing facts or taking measurements, you are engaging in observation, something a little more intense than just a quick glance. When you share an observation, you communicate an insight.

...

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

Noun
the act of observing; taking a patient look

Noun
the act of making and recording a measurement

Noun
the act of noticing or paying attention; "he escaped the notice of the police"

Noun
facts learned by observing; "he reported his observations to the mayor"

Noun
a remark expressing careful consideration

...

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

n.
The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment.

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

n.
Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.

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

n.
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.

n.
The information so acquired.


Observation

Ob`ser*va"tion , n. [L. observatio: cf.F. observation.] 1. The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything.
My observation, which very seldom lies.
2. The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment.
In matters of human prudence, we shall find the greatest advantage in making wise observations on our conduct.
3. Hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark. "That's a foolish observation." Shak.
To observations which ourselves we make We grow more partial for the observer's sake.
4. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance. [Obs.]
We are to procure dispensation or leave to omit the observation of it in such circumstances.
5. (Science) (a) The act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal. (b) 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. (c) The information so acquired. &hand; When a phenomenon is scrutinized as it occurs in nature, the act is termed an observation. When the conditions under which the phenomenon occurs are artificial, or arranged beforehand by the observer, the process is called an experiment. Experiment includes observation. To take an observation (Naut.), to ascertain the altitude of a heavenly body, with a view to fixing a vessel's position at sea. Syn. -- Observance; notice; attention; remark; comment; note. See Observance.

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

...

Usage Examples

It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.

Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.

Rhetoric and dialectics can't change what I have learned from observation and experience.

Sometimes, comics will make the observation that it's not jokes that are funny, it's characters that are funny. And isn't that true! That's why I always kill jokes. I'm terrible at them, because I get the joke right, but I can't get the character right, and it just goes down like a lead balloon.

Do you want me to apologize after every joke? If it doesn't offend somebody it's probably not a joke. It's probably an observation that's not funny. It's gotta offend somebody somewhere.

How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.

Even scientific knowledge, if there is anything to it, is not a random observation of random objects for the critical objectivity of significant knowledge is attained as a practice only philosophically in inner action.

My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both this is an observation of the Middle Way.

Misspelled Form

observation, iobservation, 9observation, 0observation, pobservation, lobservation, ibservation, 9bservation, 0bservation, pbservation, lbservation, oibservation, o9bservation, o0bservation, opbservation, olbservation, ovbservation, ogbservation, ohbservation, onbservation, o bservation, ovservation, ogservation, ohservation, onservation, o servation, obvservation, obgservation, obhservation, obnservation, ob servation, obaservation, obwservation, obeservation, obdservation, obxservation, obzservation, obaervation, obwervation, obeervation, obdervation, obxervation, obzervation, obsaervation, obswervation, obseervation, obsdervation, obsxervation, obszervation, obswervation, obs3ervation, obs4ervation, obsrervation, obsservation, obsdervation, obswrvation, obs3rvation, obs4rvation, obsrrvation, obssrvation, obsdrvation, obsewrvation, obse3rvation, obse4rvation, obserrvation, obsesrvation, obsedrvation, obseervation, obse4rvation, obse5rvation, obsetrvation, obsefrvation, obseevation, obse4vation, obse5vation, obsetvation, obsefvation, obserevation, obser4vation, obser5vation, obsertvation, obserfvation, obsercvation, obserfvation, obsergvation, obserbvation, obser vation, obsercation, obserfation, obsergation, obserbation, obser ation, observcation, observfation, observgation, observbation, observ ation, observqation, observwation, observsation, observzation, observqtion, observwtion, observstion, observztion, observaqtion, observawtion, observastion, observaztion, observartion, observa5tion, observa6tion, observaytion, observagtion, observarion, observa5ion, observa6ion, observayion, observagion, observatrion, observat5ion, observat6ion, observatyion, observatgion, observatuion, observat8ion, observat9ion, observatoion, observatjion, observatkion, observatuon, observat8on, observat9on, observatoon, observatjon, observatkon, observatiuon, observati8on, observati9on, observatioon, observatijon, observatikon, observatiion, observati9on, observati0on, observatipon, observatilon, observatiin, observati9n, observati0n, observatipn, observatiln, observatioin, observatio9n, observatio0n, observatiopn, observatioln, observatiobn, observatiohn, observatiojn, observatiomn, observatio n, observatiob, observatioh, observatioj, observatiom, observatio , observationb, observationh, observationj, observationm, observation .

Other Usage Examples

The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.

Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.

It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning - an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.

For this reason, the expansion of relations with all countries is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I mean balanced relationships, based on mutual respect and observation of each other's rights.

Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science.

The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.

Comments


Browse Dictionary