- a place or building equipped and used for making observations of astronomical, meteorological, or other natural phenomena, especially a place equipped with a powerful telescope for observing the planets and stars.
- an institution that controls or carries on the work of such a place.
- a place or structure that provides an extensive view; lookout.
Origin of observatory
Examples from the Web for observatory
Lenormand managed to jump publicly from an observatory and survive.The High-Flying Secrets of BASE Jumpers
August 4, 2014
The instrument is attached to the Anglo-Australian Telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory, northwest of Sydney, Australia.SAMI Is Like Google Earth for the Universe
Matthew R. Francis
July 27, 2014
According to the Syrian Observatory the suicide bombing of the rebel checkpoint in Idlib province caused a massive explosion.Experts: Al Qaeda Infighting In Syria Leaves 700 Dead
January 15, 2014
In all, the Observatory says it has documented 125,835 casualties since the start of the rebellion on March 18, 2011.
The Observatory believes a further 19,256 pro-regime militiamen have been killed.
No doubt a wicked attempt to blow up the Observatory, they say.The Secret Agent
You see, I have a few of those eggs myself, up at the observatory.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
She straightened, and grasping Sarka by the hand, hurried with him into the observatory.
As to the outer wall of the Observatory it did not show as much as the faintest crack.Notes on My Books
The year 1678 found him in the full tide of work in his observatory.Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
- an institution or building specially designed and equipped for observing meteorological and astronomical phenomena
- any building or structure providing an extensive view of its surroundings
Word Origin and History for observatory
"building for observing astronomical phenomena," 1670s (in reference to Greenwich), from French observatoire, from observer (v.); see observe.