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Definition of Observation

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

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
Elliott Erwitt

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
Denis Diderot

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

Judging by informal observation, most young Americans burn up their spare time buffing their emotional IQ and self-esteem with social media and non-stop texting. That's great for eye-thumb coordination, but what about the satisfaction of actually making something?
Seth Shostak

One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge.
Alfred Nobel
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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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