• WordNet 3.6
    • n investigation the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
    • n investigation an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities "there was a congressional probe into the scandal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1945 a computer at Harvard malfunctioned and Grace Hopper, who was working on the computer, investigated, found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it.
    • n Investigation The act of investigating; the process of inquiring into or following up; research; study; inquiry, esp. patient or thorough inquiry or examination; as, the investigations of the philosopher and the mathematician; the investigations of the judge, the moralist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's safe to make love while parked in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Police officers aren't allowed to walk up and knock on the window. Any suspicious officer who thinks that sex is taking place must drive up from behind, honk his horn three times and wait approximately two minutes before getting out of his car to investigate.
    • n investigation The act of investigating; the making of a search or inquiry; detailed or particularized examination to ascertain the truth in regard to something; careful research.
    • n investigation Synonyms Inquisition, Inquiry, etc. (see examination); overhauling, probing. See inference.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Investigation act of examining into: research: study
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  • Sir William Osler
    “Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.”
  • Bliss Carman
    Bliss Carman
    “What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.”
  • Seneca
    “If you judge, investigate.”
  • Plutarch
    “Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”
  • Seneca
    “If you sit in judgment, investigate, if you sit in supreme power, sit in command.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. investigatio,: cf. F. investigation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. investigāre, -ātumin, in, vestigāre, to track.


In literature:

She was quick to realize that he would take the lead in the police investigations.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
The resulting incidents prompted investigations, recriminations, and publicity.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
The findings of this investigation agree closely with those of Dr. Williams for the boys.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
I want to investigate some other cities.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
When the ha'nt begins abstracting chickens from the oven I think it's time to investigate.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
What's there for the professor to be investigating on the other side of Manon?
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
But before doing that we must investigate this portion of the island more carefully.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
That is a matter which is before us for investigation.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
She could only hope that the proper authorities would investigate the matter.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
I want him to investigate these men.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
Yet on no other topic is there such wide diversity of opinion among theorists and investigators.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
"Glimpses into the Abyss" by Mary Higgs
An investigation was immediately commenced by the Credit Foncier, which established these facts: That ticket No.
"Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes" by Maurice LeBlanc
There are three major areas of contemporary investigation: visual, polarimetric, and spectrographic.
"Significant Achievements in Space Bioscience 1958-1964" by National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This isn't the first mystery I have assisted the police to investigate.
"The Place of Dragons" by William Le Queux
They passed on to a small dining room, investigating an ordinary bedchamber.
"Black Star's Campaign" by Johnston McCulley
This order of investigation brought us in rapport with an entirely different class of Spirits.
"The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism" by A. Leah Underhill
Speyer tells us that a German sanitary commission was sent to Bulgaria largely with the object of investigating scurvy in that country.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess
A matter for investigation, certainly.
"The Closed Book" by William Le Queux
I will not attempt to give any idea of the quantity of labor necessary in this and similar preliminary investigations.
"Ten Years Among the Mail Bags" by James Holbrook

In poetry:

American Detectives
Never remove their hats
When investigating murders
In other people's flats.
"Why?" by Spike Milligan
I see by the morning papers
That America's sturdy sons
Have started a investigation
Of the making of guns.
"Another Bit And An Offer" by Ezra Pound
Going out to investigate
He found the lamb beyond him, on the inaccessible pinnacle
of light.
So he put his paw to his nose, and pondered.
"St. Mark" by D H Lawrence
I walked around as you do, investigating
the endless star,
and in my net, during the night, I woke up naked,
the only thing caught, a fish trapped inside the wind.
"Enigmas" by Pablo Neruda
AP. To earth away to join in mortal acts.
And gather fresh materials to write on.
Investigate more closely, several facts,
That I for centuries have thrown some light on.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Triumphal return to Simla of the Investigators, attired after
the manner of Dionysus, leading a pet tiger-cub in wreaths
of rhubarb-leaves, symbolical of India under medical treatment.
They sing: —
"The Masque of Plenty" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The defense lawyers described their investigations to find evidence supporting their clients' alibis .
CU-Boulder investigating prof for violating ' amorous relationship' policy.
P, for the BABY HUG investigators.
H, for the OASIS (Organisation to Assess Strategies for Ischaemic Syndromes) Registry Investigators.
More proof that it pays to cooperate in a federal investigation.
Russ Ptacek is kicking butt in Washington, D.C. Our old friend, former KSHB Channel 41 investigative reporter, Russ Ptacek is making some big noise in his new job as the chief investigative reporter for WUSA 9 in our nation's capital.
Investigators remained at a Butterball facility in Hoke County for a second day Friday as the investigation into allegations of animal cruelty continued.
COURTESY OF SHANE BAUER Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute, the Center for Investigative Reporting and New America Media.
In collaboration with Lockheed-Martin, the LUNAR Center is investigating human missions to EML-2 that could be a proving ground for future missions to deep space while also overseeing scientifically important investigations.
For the first time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is talking about how a specialized unit will assist in the investigation into a suspected serial killer.
The FBI is leading the investigation into the deaths because the federal government has jurisdiction over crimes on reservations FBI spokesman Kyle Loven declined to release details, citing the ongoing investigation.
An investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board said he and other investigators were surprised by the assertion of his agency that it had identified a possible cause for the crash of Flight 800.
DELTA, Ohio — A Fulton County scrap yard is under investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigations Division.
As if eBay didn't have enough to worry about with antitrust investigations and people selling fake merchandise, now the FBI is investigating shill bidding on the San Jose, Calif.-based auction giant's site.
The investigation will include a necropsy on Tuesday and X-rays on Friday so investigators can look for bullets or other evidence of shootings.

In science:

As an extension of the previous investigations, Gould, Bahcall, Flynn and others became involved in microlensing investigations.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
In this paper we are interested in investigating the maximum local time for d ≥ 2 in a restricted sense, namely we want to investigate the maximum on certain subsets of the state space.
Maximal local time of a d-dimensional simple random walk on subsets
To study ρ(κδ ) further, and in particular to investigate the threshold as we vary λ keeping µ ≥ 0 fixed, we thus have to investigate the integral operator Tκδ with kernel κδ given by (16.20).
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
The method allows for a computationally cheap investigation of single-band models with extreme accuracy at very low temperatures, where the Fermi-liquid behavior and its possible violations can be investigated unambiguously.
Solving Dynamical Mean-Field Theory at very low temperature using Lanczos Exact Diagonalization
Further investigation is certainly required to investigate this effect and determine whether a more realistic value of h can be obtained.
The dynamics of eccentric accretion discs in superhump systems
Investigating the principles of thermodynamics and specially the second law- as global accepted principle in the universe - in different models of DE, as one of these possibilities, has been widely studied in the literature, since this investigation can constrain some of parameters in studied models, say, P. C.
Generalized Second Law of Thermodynamics in Quintom Dominated Universe
We investigate the nature of overlap distributions of CSP under the random model defined and investigated by Molloy [Mol02].
Satisfying assignments of Random Boolean CSP: Clusters and Overlaps
We will study a particular version of once-reinforced random walk, where the initial weights are such that the corresponding random walk has a non-zero drift. A similar situation was investigated in , where once-reinforced random walk was investigated on the tree.
An expansion for self-interacting random walks
Note finally that the consequences of such distributions of clusters internal entropies were investigated on a toy model in , and that yet another threshold αf > αd for the appearance of frozen variables constrained to take the same values in all solutions of a given cluster was investigated in .
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
We investigate the electronic properties of these nanostructures by transport spectroscopy. Tunable localized electron states in freely suspended nanostructures are a promising tool to investigate the electronphonon-interaction.
Laterally defined freely suspended quantum dots in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures
The early investigations (see, for example [S76, F78, S80]) mostly aimed at establishing theories for the approach to thermal equilibrium, and all the subsequent investigations pursued special physical questions; none of them, however, dealt with the general mathematical structure.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS--Lindblad generators II. General
Even with k = 3, there are already 32 different situations to investigate, what is irrelevant to be presented as it implies very long and complicated analytical expressions for the polynomials L, M , ¯L, ¯M . A Maple code is now under investigation for symbolic computation for arbitrary number k of singularities.
Generalized Heun and Lam\'e's equations: factorization
During the investigation, it is possible that we are faced with new investigations for couples (Q, h).
Maximal Graded Orders over Crystalline Graded Rings
To start the investigation, we create sets U(P,g) and V(P ,g) that will be copies of U and V , and W(P ,g) for couples that need further investigation.
Maximal Graded Orders over Crystalline Graded Rings
We say that a vertex is explored when its neighbors have been investigated, and unexplored when it has been found to be part of the cluster found so far, but its neighbors have not been investigated yet.
Scaling limits for critical inhomogeneous random graphs with finite third moments