Observation

Definition of Observation

Ob`ser`va´tion
n.1.The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything.
My observation, which very seldom lies.
- Shak.
2.The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment.
3.An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark.
To observations which ourselves we make
We grow more partial for the observer's sake.
- Pope.
4.Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
We are to procure dispensation or leave to omit the observation of it in such circumstances.
- Jer. Taylor.
5.(Science) The act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal.
To take an observation
(Naut.) to ascertain the altitude of a heavenly body, with a view to fixing a vessel's position at sea.

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