- the measurement of the altitude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes.
- the information obtained by such a measurement.
Origin of observation
Synonyms for observation
Related Words for self-observationcontemplation, reflection, soul-searching, scrutiny, meditation, self-examination, rumination, egoism, self-absorption, brooding, introversion, heart-searching, self-observation, self-questioning
Examples from the Web for self-observation
Contemporary Examples of self-observation
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’
March 20, 2014
Historical Examples of self-observation
Psychology, resting on self-observation, is pronounced a delusion.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
So far as self-observation throws any light on the matter, this statement appears to be correct.Criminal Psychology
But the very keenness of his self-observation gradually brings him healing: a mastery of the body by the brain.Contemporary Belgian Poetry
They are not quite so new to the world, to experimental labor in the business of tuition, or to self-observation.An Essay on the Evils of Popular Ignorance
It can only be determined by practised self-consciousness and self-observation, assisted by observation of others.Utilitarianism
John Stuart Mill
- 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
late 14c., "performance of a religious rite," from Latin observationem (nominative observatio) "a watching over, observance, investigation," noun of action from past participle stem of observare (see observe). Sense of "act or fact of paying attention" is from 1550s. Meaning "a remark in reference to something observed" first recorded 1590s.