noun, plural ob·serv·a·to·ries.
Examples from the Web for observatory
Lenormand managed to jump publicly from an observatory and survive.
The instrument is attached to the Anglo-Australian Telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory, northwest of Sydney, Australia.
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|Jamie Dettmer|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Quito, with a position unparalleled for astronomical purposes, has no observatory.The Andes and the Amazon|James Orton
We had lingered in the Park longer than usual, slowly pacing the broad avenue leading from the Observatory to the Heath.Paul Kelver|Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
The Prophet stepped down into his observatory, and turned his telescope on Saragossa.The Days of Chivalry|Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
The editorial office was like an observatory, from which one could study the world and watch history in the making.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt|L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
“Come now, let us ascend to the observatory,” said the hermit, when all the things in the library had been examined.Blown to Bits|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for observatory
noun plural -ries
Word Origin and History for observatory
"building for observing astronomical phenomena," 1670s (in reference to Greenwich), from French observatoire, from observer (v.); see observe.