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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

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

A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
Frederick Douglass

The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.
Bruce Barton

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

It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
Anne Sullivan
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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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