Meaning of OBSERVATION in English


/ob'zerr vay"sheuhn/ , n.

1. an act or instance of noticing or perceiving.

2. an act or instance of regarding attentively or watching.

3. the faculty or habit of observing or noticing.

4. notice: to escape a person's observation.

5. an act or instance of viewing or noting a fact or occurrence for some scientific or other special purpose: the observation of blood pressure under stress.

6. the information or record secured by such an act.

7. something that is learned in the course of observing things: My observation is that such clouds mean a storm.

8. a remark, comment, or statement based on what one has noticed or observed.

9. the condition of being observed.

10. Navig.

a. the measurement of the altitude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes.

b. the information obtained by such a measurement.

11. Obs. observance, as of the law.

[ 1350-1400; ME observation- (s. of observatio ), equiv. to observat ( us ) (ptp. of observare to OBSERVE) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 3. attention. 8. pronouncement, opinion. See remark .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .