What is observation?

  • (noun): The act of observing; taking a patient look.
    Synonyms: observance, watching
    See also — Additional definitions below


Observation is either an activity of a living being, such as a human, consisting of receiving knowledge of the outside world through the senses, or the recording of data using scientific instruments. The term may also refer to any data collected during this activity.

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Observations in Philosophy
... – Marcus Aurelius Observation in philosophical terms is the process of filtering sensory information through the thought process ... stored in the consciousness about many related observations, together with the resulting relationships and consequences, permit the individual to build a ... The defining characteristic of observation is that it involves drawing conclusions, as well as building personal views about how to handle similar situations in the future, rather than simply ...
Bazita Peak TV Tower
... (43 ft) antenna atop the main structure and an observation level 60 m (200 ft) up the structure ... The Alps can be clearly seen from the observation deck ... elevator transports visitors to the café on the observation level and a staircase outside of the main shaft allows maintenance access ...
MS Athena - Statistics
... leisure areas Deck Emporio Boutique Calypso Fitness Centre Observation Beauty Salon Observation Sauna Observation Photo Shop Calypso Circe's Casino Calypso ...
Mirante Do Vale - Observation
... A bird's eye view of Mirante do Vale is possible from the observation decks of either the Altino Arantes Building or the Edifício Itália. ...
Covert Participant Observation
... Covert participant observation is a method in social science research ... Participant observation involves a researcher joining the group he or she is studying, and in the case of covert observation, the researcher's status is not made known to the group ... Observation involves participating in activities over a period of time and therefore becoming an accepted part of the group ...

More definitions of "observation":

  • (noun): The act of making and recording a measurement.
  • (noun): Facts learned by observing.
    Example: "He reported his observations to the mayor"

Famous quotes containing the word observation:

    That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

    There is no better proof of a man’s being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

    It is a great pity—but ‘tis certain from every day’s observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end—provided there is a sufficient wick standing out.
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)