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Definitions of observation

  1. the act of noticing or paying attention; "he escaped the notice of the police" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an incidental remark The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. the act of observing; taking a patient look Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a remark expressing careful consideration Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the act of making and recording a measurement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. facts learned by observing; "he reported his observations to the mayor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The information so acquired. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Medical Dictionary DB
  15. The act, power, or habit of taking notice; that which is noticed or learned; fact of being seen; as, he did not escape observation; a remark. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Investigation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Act of observing: attention: as distinguished from experiment, the act of recognizing and noting phenomena as they occur in nature: that which is observed: a remark: performance. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. Act of observing; attention; remark. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. The act or habit of observing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. The act of observing or fixing the mind on anything; that which is observed; remark; observance; the angular measurement of any space on the celestial sphere. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. The act of noticing or remarking; the expression in words of what is observed or thought; comment or remark; in Scrip., outward show, as, "the kingdom of God cometh not with observation"; exhibition; in astron. and nav., the angular measurement of any space in the heavens; in science, the act of ascertaining temperature, or of noting or scrutinising some fact or occurrence in nature. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark. dictgcide_fs
  23. Act of examining a thing by means of the external senses. This word is employed in several acceptations. It expresses-1. The action of observing-2. The aggregate of knowledge, afforded by observation. In French-but not in English-it means the case or history of the phenomena presented by a patient in the course of a disease. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  24. Case-o. Method of, Numerical method. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  25. Noticing or being noticed, perception, faculty of taking notice, (post, attitude, of o., favourable for watching from or in); (Mil.) watching of fortress or hostile position or movements (army &c. of o., so engaged); accurate watching& noting of phenomena as they occur in nature (cf. experiment) with regard to cause& effect or mutual relations; taking of sun\'s or other heavenly body\'s altitude to find latitude or longitude; remark or statement, esp. one of the nature of comment. Hence observational a., observationally adv. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. [L.] (Nat. Phil.) The exact determination of the circumstances of phenomena whose occurrence is independent of human contrivance; thus astronomy is a science of observation, chemistry of experiment, though a chemist observes (in a less technical sense) the phenomena whose occurrence he has brought about. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  27. [L.] (Naut.) Ascertaining the time, or longitude, also the lunar distances, by taking the altitude of the sun or other heavenly body with a quadrant or sextant. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  28. n. Act of seeing or noticing ; perception ;— act of noting or remarking ; cognition ;— state of being noticeable ; outward appearance ; exhibition ;— notion or inference derived from observing ; animadversion ; note ; remark ;— performance of what is due or prescribed ; ritual practice ; observance;—act of measuring the altitude of the sun, or other heavenly body to determine the latitude and longitude. Cabinet Dictionary
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