observation

n.
1 the act or an instance of noticing; the condition of being noticed.
2 perception; the faculty of taking notice.
3 a remark or statement, esp. one that is of the nature of a comment.
4 a the accurate watching and noting of phenomena as they occur in nature with regard to cause and effect or mutual relations. b the noting of the symptoms of a patient, the behaviour of a suspect, etc.
5 the taking of the sun's or another heavenly body's altitude to find a latitude or longitude.
6 Mil. the watching of a fortress or hostile position or movements.
Phrases and idioms:
observation car esp. US a carriage in a train built so as to afford good views. observation post Mil. a post for watching the effect of artillery fire etc. under observation being watched.
Derivatives:
observational adj. observationally adv.
Etymology: ME f. L observatio (as OBSERVE)

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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

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  • 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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  • Observation — Observation, lat. deutsch, Beobachtung; O.sarmee, O.scorps, Beobachtungsarmee, –corps …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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