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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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 ...
Bazita Peak TV Tower
... The TV tower has a 13 m (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 ... in 1975, an elevator transports visitors to the café on the observation level and a staircase outside of the main shaft allows maintenance access ...
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Observations in Philosophy
... – Marcus Aurelius Observation in philosophical terms is the process of filtering sensory information through the thought process ... the passage of time, impressions stored in the consciousness about many related observations, together with the resulting relationships and consequences, permit the individual to build a construct about the moral ... 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 registering that ...
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 ... Observation involves participating in activities over a period of time and therefore becoming an accepted part of the group ...

More definitions of "observation":

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

Famous quotes containing the word observation:

    Nor has science sufficient humanity, so long as the naturalist overlooks the wonderful congruity which subsists between man and the world; of which he is lord, not because he is the most subtile inhabitant, but because he is its head and heart, and finds something of himself in every great and small thing, in every mountain stratum, in every new law of color, fact of astronomy, or atmospheric influence which observation or analysis lay open.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    He is one of those that deserve very well, but are very awkward at putting their Talents within the Observation of such as should take Notice of them.
    Richard Steele (1672–1729)

    Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning—an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)