observation

[ɒbzəvˈe͡ɪʃən], [ɒbzəvˈe‍ɪʃən], [ɒ_b_z_ə_v_ˈeɪ_ʃ_ə_n]

Definitions of observation:

  1.   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.
  2.   Act of observing; attention; remark. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   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.
  4.   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.
  5.   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.

Quotes for observation:

  1. Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science. – Claude Bernard
  2. There's certainly nothing original about the observation that conscious experience poses a hard problem. – David Chalmers
  3. 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. – Denis Diderot
  4. But I make the observation that no one of us would do things exactly alike. – David Dinkins
  5. In dealing with the China problem, the British and American side, which had particularly strong interests in China, should have based its judgments about the origins of the problem on direct observation of the actual circumstances at the time. – Hideki Tojo

Usage examples for observation:

  1. With regard to this Hurliguerly made a sound observation – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  2. They said little, it is true; even to one another, but more than once Mr. Bonamy chuckled in a particularly dry manner, and at the top of the street Jack made an observation You think the archdeacon was satisfied?" ” – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. 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
  4. His observation passed without a remark from us. ” – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  5. The second observation has to do with the telling of the story. ” – Principles of Teaching by Adam S. Bennion
  6. It was only one of our people, who had been over to the town, and had attracted her observation – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  7. In short, matters had reached a point which seemed fully to warrant an observation made about this time by Mr. Yorke to the tutor, Louis. ” – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  8. Now and then Michael addressed some observation to her, but she answered him briefly and without interest. ” – Lover or Friend by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  9. 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
  10. Basil did not stop for any observation of that kind. ” – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid

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