- the measurement of the altitude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes.
- the information obtained by such a measurement.
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Origin of observation
synonym study for observation
OTHER WORDS FROM observationnon·ob·ser·va·tion, nounpre·ob·ser·va·tion, nounre·ob·ser·va·tion, nounself-ob·ser·va·tion, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH observationobservance, observation
Words nearby observation
Example sentences from the Web for observation
Decision science expert Annie Duke and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman suggest this may be because data-native individuals are adept at assembling disparate observations and facts into a credible narrative.
Averill on the July 23 Zoom call echoed Pridgen’s observations about the pandemic’s impact.Coronavirus exacerbates disparities for Floridians with HIV/AIDS|Michael K. Lavers|August 19, 2020|Washington Blade
Substantiating a record involves an international committee of atmospheric scientists poring over the original observations, the equipment used to make it and the calibration practices.Death Valley hits 130° F, the hottest recorded temperature on Earth since 1931|Carolyn Gramling|August 17, 2020|Science News
Those observations revealed prominent dips in particular wavelengths of ultraviolet sunlight that had been absorbed by the ozone, Youngblood, Arney and colleagues report online August 6 in the Astronomical Journal.Hubble watched a lunar eclipse to see Earth from an alien’s perspective|Maria Temming|August 17, 2020|Science News
While he says their observations suggest some thin gaiters might be problematic, “the press coverage has careened out of control” for a study testing a measuring technique and that looked at just one mask of each type.4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study|Jonathan Lambert|August 12, 2020|Science News
Barack Obama was not the first Liberal to make this observation.
To make matters worse, it is my observation that these policies do not hit all parents equally.
The only gauge of normality that young people have is their observation of each other.
He was giving a little history lesson about the 18th century and making an observation, a promise—or a threat—for the future.
All this observation and self-observation possibly says something very depressing about how insular and self-obsessing we are.Watching Us, Watching Them: On ‘The People’s Couch’|Tim Teeman|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These circumstances had given extensive notoriety to her name, and drawn largely upon her the observation of both friend and foe.Horse-Shoe Robinson|John Pendleton Kennedy
Intently from his screened post of observation, he watched the gun barrel.Tom Fairfield in Camp|Allen Chapman
That artful girl soon discovered what had escaped her mistress's observation.A Terrible Temptation|Charles Reade
"You may some day," he goes on, without heeding her observation.Gwen Wynn|Mayne Reid
In incidents taken from common life he showed himself full of observation, and possessed of some humour.The Old Masters and Their Pictures|Sarah Tytler
British Dictionary definitions for observation
- a sight taken with an instrument to determine the position of an observer relative to that of a given heavenly body
- the data so taken