- the measurement of the altitude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes.
- the information obtained by such a measurement.
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
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How to use observation in a sentence
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.
Now, a new observation seems to show that black holes also behave according to their place in the cosmic web.
In Alabama, an arrested 19-year-old shoplifter got gangrene and died naked on the floor of a “medical observation cell.”Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Third, the virus could not be found in sputum, further supporting the clear observation that airborne spread does not occur.
Scientific observation, rather than being a place of respite from fear, itself has become something else to rail against.
With Bacon, experientia does not always mean observation; and may mean either experience or experiment.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
A delightful instance of this fell under my own observation, as I was walking on Hampstead Heath.Children's Ways|James Sully
He, therefore, did as he said; made no further observation, but conducted himself to his young friend with grave distance.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Impersonation may be more easily achieved intellectually, requiring only keen observation and the power of imitation.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
But the observation he thoughtlessly uttered in French seemed to excite the peasant's attention.
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