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. facts learned by observing; " he reported his observations to the mayor"
  6. The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything.
  7. The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment.
  8. Hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark.
  9. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
  10. The act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal.
  11. 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.
  12. The information so acquired.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Act of observing; attention; remark.
  16. The act or habit of observing.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

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
  3. Each must seek, and find, and be convinced alone by personal experience and observation. – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  4. They should not be taken from observation. – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  5. " 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
  6. His observation passed without a remark from us. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  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. An observation which is always true, must be expressed in the present tense. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  9. The second observation has to do with the telling of the story. – Principles of Teaching by Adam S. Bennion
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. A soft observation turneth away wrath. – The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife by Ellen M. Firebaugh
  15. Basil did not stop for any observation of that kind. – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  16. 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