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 or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. The information so acquired. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Act of observing; attention; remark. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. The act or habit of observing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.

Usage examples for observation

  1. One observation of his, I think it right to make known to you, which is, that he told me that since your supposed death, your father had never held up his head; indeed, he said that he had never seen him smile since." – Valerie by Frederick Marryat
  2. In the course of conversation, my having come from New York was the subject of an allusion; whereupon the dark woman slipped in the observation that she did wish she could get to that place, for she " was afraid that she should die, and have nothing to tell." – Papers from Overlook-House by Casper Almore