Definition of Observation

1. Noun. The act of making and recording a measurement.

Generic synonyms: Measure, Measurement, Measuring, Mensuration
Specialized synonyms: Radio Observation
Derivative terms: Observe, Observe

2. Noun. The act of observing; taking a patient look.
Exact synonyms: Observance, Watching
Generic synonyms: Look, Looking, Looking At
Specialized synonyms: Monitoring, Sighting, Stargazing
Derivative terms: Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe, Watch

3. Noun. A remark expressing careful consideration.
Exact synonyms: Reflection, Reflexion
Generic synonyms: Comment, Input, Remark
Specialized synonyms: Parkinson's Law, Parkinson's Law
Derivative terms: Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe

4. Noun. Facts learned by observing. "He reported his observations to the mayor"
Generic synonyms: Fact
Specialized synonyms: Scientific Fact
Derivative terms: Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe

5. Noun. The act of noticing or paying attention. "He escaped the notice of the police"
Exact synonyms: Notice, Observance
Generic synonyms: Attending, Attention
Specialized synonyms: Mind, Remark
Derivative terms: Notice, Notice, Notice, Observant, Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe

Definition of Observation

1. n. The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything.

Definition of Observation

1. Noun. The act of observing, and the fact of being observed. ¹

2. Noun. The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting. ¹

3. Noun. A remark or comment. ¹

4. Noun. A judgement based on observing. ¹

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Definition of Observation

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Medical Definition of Observation

1. An act or the faculty of observing or taking notice: an act of seeing or fixing the mind upon something, an act of recognising and noting measurement of some magnitude with suitable instruments. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Observation

observation (current term)
observation deck
observation dome
observation post
observation station
observation tower
observational constraints
observational learning

Literary usage of Observation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"observation OF TEACHING. Though the need for both the observation and practice of ... observation of teaching as a part of the training of the prospective ..."

2. How We Think by John Dewey (1910)
"quaintance CHAPTER FOURTEEN observation AND INFORMATION IN THE TRAINING OF MIND THINKING is an ordering of subject-matter with reference to discovering what ..."

3. Psychology in the Schoolroom by Thomas Francis George Dexter, Alfred Hezekiah Garlick (1899)
"observation. 1. General Definition. " To observe is to look at a thing closely, to take careful note of its several parts or details." (Sully. ..."

4. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"To deny the possibility of such observation, in any proper sense of the word, ... It is the more important to ascertain what the observation in question ..."

5. Notes on Nursing: What it Is, and what it is Not by Florence Nightingale (1912)
"observation OF THE SICK. There is no more silly or universal question scarcely What is the asked than this, " Is he better ?" Ask it of the medical question ..."

6. Transactions by American Ethnological Society (1855)
"required to overcome the gravitation of the air in all the ascending parts of the air-way extending between the two points of observation. 3rd. ..."

7. The Montessori method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori (1912)
"He has suddenly jumped from the psychological observation of the child and from his relation to his environment, to the study of the origin of lines and ..."

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