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[ UK /ɒbzəvˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌɑbzɝˈveɪʃən/ ]
  1. the act of making and recording a measurement
  2. facts learned by observing
    he reported his observations to the mayor
  3. the act of noticing or paying attention
    he escaped the notice of the police
  4. the act of observing; taking a patient look
  5. a remark expressing careful consideration
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How To Use observation In A Sentence

  • These observations will provide a valuable supplement to the simultaneous records of other expeditions, especially the British in McMurdo Sound and the German in Weddell Sea, above all as regards the hypsometer observations (for the determination of altitude) on sledge journeys. The South Pole~ Remarks on the Meteorological Observations at Framheim
  • These are based on the observation that expenditure is typically necessary to partake in such recreational activities.
  • The fact that these rocks were not supplying detritus to the sedimentary basin is consistent with the geological observation that they always appear covered by the younger deposits, with little or no discontinuity until the Devonian.
  • Such a seemingly innocuous observation, yet as Logan evolves from student, to writer, to secret agent, to art gallery dealer, we see how it informs a kind of amorality in his character that propels him to sleep with his college mate's girlfriend and, later, the same man's wife, marry a woman he doesn't love and then push her aside when he meets the real love of his life. SFGate: Top News Stories
  • The correct designation of the early naturalists who tried to reconcile their observations with Genesis is "diluvialist. Vulcanists & Neptunists
  • This in some degree corresponds with Captain Cook's record of the irregularity of his compass when he passed near this part of the coast, in consequence of which he called the peaked island to the westward of the cape, Magnetical Island: this irregularity, however, was not noticed by me in my observations near the same spot; and the difference observed by him may very probably have been occasioned by the ship's local attraction, which in those days was unknown. Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Performed between the years 1818 and 1822 — Volume 1
  • The observation of even the miscellaneous objects in a large city leads to a variety of concepts, and in the end, by comparison, to the general notion, _city_. The Elements of General Method Based on the Principles of Herbart
  • Al-Mahri used astronomical observations of the height of stars to determine the difference in latitude between two places.
  • * I wonder how much of this has to do with their positions (obviously Edwards had a mind like few others, but one has to take into account also that he husbanded and cultivated that gift responsibly): Edwards was a public man in his capacity as a pastor; can it be said that Whitefield was only a pastor in his capacity as a public man? from → Observations The Sage of Northampton « Unknowing
  • Through observational learning you have acquired a great number of behaviors that you could potentially produce but never do.
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