Definitions of observation

  1. the act of noticing or paying attention; " he escaped the notice of the police"
  2. an incidental remark
  3. the act of observing; taking a patient look
  4. a remark expressing careful consideration
  5. the act of making and recording a measurement
  6. facts learned by observing; " he reported his observations to the mayor"
  7. The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything.
  8. The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment.
  9. Hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark.
  10. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
  11. The act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal.
  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.
  13. The information so acquired.
  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.
  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.
  16. Investigation.
  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.
  18. Act of observing; attention; remark.
  19. The act or habit of observing.
  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.
  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.

Quotes of 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. 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. – Karl Jaspers
  6. Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it. – Harriet Martineau
  7. The result was that, if it happened to clear off after a cloudy evening, I frequently arose from my bed at any hour of the night or morning and walked two miles to the observatory to make some observation included in the programme. – Simon Newcomb
  8. In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind. – Louis Pasteur
  9. Children have very sharp powers of observation probably sharper than adults- yet at the same time their emotional reactions are murky and much more primitive. – Donna Tartt
  10. 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
  11. It is now possible to quantify people's levels of happiness pretty accurately by asking them, by observation and by measuring electrical activity in the brain, in degrees from terrible pain to sublime joy. – Polly Toynbee
  12. It is of great importance to note these meteors, even the small ones, as very little is yet known of them; and every observation if carefully made, will some day help to show what they are. – William John Wills
  13. Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words and the nature of things, and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the dictum of learned authorities, but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us. – Francis Wright
  14. From the standpoint of observation then, we must regard it as a highly probable hypothesis that the beginnings of the mental life date from as far back as the beginnings of life at large. – Wilhelm Wundt

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. Guapo knew the reason well, and before leaving their place of observation the others had an explanation of it. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  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. An observation which is always true, must be expressed in the present tense. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  5. The second observation has to do with the telling of the story. – Principles of Teaching by Adam S. Bennion
  6. Each must seek, and find, and be convinced alone by personal experience and observation – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  7. A soft observation turneth away wrath. – The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife by Ellen M. Firebaugh
  8. The boy was all questions and observation – Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales by Thomas Mitchell
  9. Basil did not stop for any observation of that kind. – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  10. At first it may appear that this is a matter for individual observation and judgment, and is not a proper subject for exact scientific experiments. – The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor
  11. Now and then Michael addressed some observation to her, but she answered him briefly and without interest. – Lover or Friend by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  12. His action was observed by a number of the Apaches, but none approached, nor did they pay the least attention to him; so he had every opportunity for a careful observation of what was going on around him. – Through Apache Lands by R. H. Jayne
  13. With regard to this Hurliguerly made a sound observation – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  14. 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
  15. His observation passed without a remark from us. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  16. They should not be taken from observation – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. But there is one of these who comes so nearly, indeed so precisely, within this observation that it is impossible for me to pass him by. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  20. " You may not know," Graham said, " that ever since we found Howells, one of us has tried, more or less, to keep the entrance of that room under observation – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp

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