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Definition of Observation


  1. The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything.
  2. The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment.
  3. Hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark.
  4. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
  5. The act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal.
  6. 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.
  7. The information so acquired.

Observation Quotations

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Will Rogers

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
Marcus Aurelius

People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
Will Rogers

The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
Henry David Thoreau
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Observation Translations

observation in Afrikaans is opmerking
observation in Danish is iagttagelse
observation in Dutch is blaam, aanmerking, berisping, standje
observation in French is observatoire
observation in German is Beobachtung
observation in Italian is ottemperanza, osservazione
observation in Swedish is iakttagelse, yttrande

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