a. The act of observing: observations of a rare bird.
b. The power or faculty of observing.
c. The fact of being observed: kept the suspect under observation.
a. The act or process of perceiving something, such as a phenomenon, often by means of an instrument, and making a record of the resulting information.
b. The result or record of such an act or process: a meteorological observation.
3. An inference, judgment, or remark that is made by observing: made some sharp observations about the movie.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.