- the act of inspecting or viewing, especially carefully or critically: an inspection of all luggage on the plane.
- formal or official viewing or examination: an inspection of the troops.
Origin of inspection
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Related Wordscheckup, search, review, probe, supervision, surveillance, scrutiny, investigation, inquiry, analysis, survey, research, inquest, pageant, parade, scan, read, once-over, inquisition, inventory
Examples from the Web for inspection
Passengers were asked to make sure their phones and other devices were charged so that they could be switched on for inspection.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat
December 27, 2014
“There has been no visible progress of oil removal,” he said in the April 2012 inspection report.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
Bad news is that foreign fishermen will have to bring each catfish to Washington for inspection.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene
P. J. O’Rourke
February 14, 2014
The Food Safety and Inspection Service says it will be forced to furlough employees if cuts are enacted.Eight Ways the Sequester Could Ruin Your Life
February 22, 2013
At an Amtrak inspection point, Pascal Abidor showed his U.S. passport to a federal agent.Chopping Up the 4th Amendment
February 20, 2013
The nurses' rooms were subject to inspection, and she had pleaded a headache.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Thank you," said Linda, closing her fist over it and holding it up for inspection.Her Father's Daughter
My shock of surprise was the result of this upward process of inspection.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
I am here just now on a round of inspection, and am staying for a few days in this inn.My Double Life
Continuing their inspection, they went on, skirting the hillside.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Word Origin and History for inspection
late 14c., from Old French inspeccion "inspection, examination" (13c.), from Latin inspectionem (nominative inspectio) "a looking into," noun of action from past participle stem of inspicere "look into, inspect, examine," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)).