observation


observation
I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Latin observation-, observatio, from observare Date: 1535 1. a. an act or instance of observing a custom, rule, or law b. observance 3 2. a. an act of recognizing and noting a fact or occurrence often involving measurement with instruments <
weather observations
>
b. a record or description so obtained 3. a judgment on or inference from what one has observed; broadly remark, statement 4. obsolete attentive care ; heed 5. the condition of one that is observed <
under observation at the hospital
>
observational adjectiveobservationally adverb II. adjective Date: 1872 designed for use in viewing something (as scenery) or in making observations <
an observation tower
>
<
the observation platform
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • observation — [ ɔpsɛrvasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1200; lat. observatio I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Loi, tradition communément observée. « Quelqu une de nos observations, reçue avec autorité » (Montaigne). 2 ♦ (1507) Mod. Action d observer ce que prescrit une loi, une règle. ⇒ obéissance …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Observation — Ob ser*va tion, n. [L. observatio: cf. F. observation.] 1. The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything. [1913 Webster] My observation, which very seldom lies. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • observation — Observation. s. f. v. Action par laquelle on observe ce qui est prescrit par quelque loy, ce que l on a promis à quelqu un. L Observation des Commandements de Dieu, des Loix. l observation de sa parole, de sa promesse. Il signifie aussi, Remarque …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • observation — I noun advertence, advertency, annotation, ascertainment, assertion, attention, attentiveness, check, cognition, cognizance, comment, commentary, concentration, conclusion, consideration, declaration, detection, dictum, discovery, espial,… …   Law dictionary

  • observation — [n1] attention, scrutiny ascertainment, check, cognition, cognizance, conclusion, consideration, detection, estimation, examination, experience, heedfulness, information, inspection, investigation, knowledge, mark, measurement, mind, monitoring,… …   New thesaurus

  • observation — [äb΄zər vā′shən] n. [ME observacioun < L observatio, in LL(Ec), reverence, outward display] 1. observance, as of laws, customs, etc. 2. a) the act, practice, or power of noticing b) something noticed 3. the fact of being seen or noticed… …   English World dictionary

  • Observation [1] — Observation (v. lat.), Beobachtung. Daher Observationsarmee, od. bei geringerer Truppenzahl Observationscorps, eine weniger zum Kampfe als zur Beobachtung des Feindes od. einer Macht, welche feindliche Absichten zu zeigen scheint, bes. vor… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Observation — (lat.), Beobachtung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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