• Tabitha observes
    Tabitha observes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj observant paying close attention especially to details
    • adj observant (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs "law-abiding citizens","observant of the speed limit"
    • adj observant quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception
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An observation beehive An observation beehive

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sharks are capable of going at least 6 weeks without eating; the record observed in an aquarium is 15 months by a species of shark known as the swell sharks)
    • Observant A sycophantic servant. "Silly ducking observants ,
      That stretch their duties nicely."
    • Observant (R. C. Ch) An Observantine.
    • Observant One who observes forms and rules.
    • Observant Submissively attentive; obediently watchful; regardful; mindful; obedient (to); -- with of as, to be observant of rules. "We are told how observant Alexander was of his master Aristotle."
    • Observant Taking notice; viewing or noticing attentively; watchful; carefully attentive; as, an observant spectator; observant habits. "Wandering from clime to clime observant stray'd."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sharks are capable of surviving on average six weeks without eating. The record observed in an aquarium is fifteen months by a species of shark known as the "swell shark."
    • observant Watching; watchful; observing; having or characterized by good powers of observation, or attention, care, accuracy, etc., in observing: as, an observant mind; a man of observant habits.
    • observant Attentive; obedient; submissive; ready to obey and serve; hence, obsequious: with to or of before a personal object.
    • observant Carefully attentive in observing or performing whatever is prescribed or required; strict in observing and practising: with of: as, he was very observant of the rules of his order; observant of forms.
    • observant Synonyms and
    • observant Watchful, mindful, heedful, regardful.
    • n observant An observer.
    • n observant An obsequious or slavish attendant.
    • n observant One who is strict in observing or complying with a law, rule, custom, etc.
    • n observant [capitalized] Specifically, a member of the more rigorous class of Franciscans which in the fifteenth century became separated from those — the Conventuals — following a milder rule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.
    • adj Observant observing: having powers of observing and noting: taking notice: adhering to: carefully attentive
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Amusement to an observing mind is study.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.”
  • Harold Hook
    Harold Hook
    “The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.”
  • Louis Pasteur
    “Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors only the prepared mind.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. observans, -anits, p. pr. of observare,: cf. F. observant,. See Observe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. observāre, -ātumob, before, servāre, to keep.


In literature:

I gave him one, but observed, our commission had then but a few days to run.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
There was a severity of honesty observed, of which no example has been known.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
If he condemned them here, it was on the basis of scientific thought and observation.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
To spare one's self is the great secret of Saharan travelling; and there is, after all, not much to observe in this desolate region.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
They boldly assert that there was nothing to observe, not that their observation was at fault.
"Notes on Nursing" by Florence Nightingale
Some caution must be observed in this treatment, as symptoms of poisoning have been observed to follow its use.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
You will observe, Gentlemen, that the man who speaks in this way is one of the greatest geometricians that ever lived.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
Your Lordships will observe the strange situation in which we are here placed.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
A friend of mine, an eager observer and a scrupulous realist, does not deserve this reproach.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
After touching each other, separate them immediately, and observe the result.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
No one that observed it would fail to make it his prey.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
It will be observed that in such a disposition as is illustrated in Fig.
"The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla" by Thomas Commerford Martin
In all the observations and experiments of physics there are conditions to be observed.
"Mysterious Psychic Forces" by Camille Flammarion
Of this fact we have obtained proof in several instances from careful personal observation.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
These great centers of action will be plotted against and observed from every vantage point by a thousand observers.
"Reading the Weather" by Thomas Morris Longstreth
I observed here the papaw.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The master, indeed, is destined in his particular mission not to the observation of insects or of bacteria, but of man.
"The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori
I observed here the papaw.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The following observation of Edward, the Scottish naturalist, however, shows considerable powers of observation on the part of frogs.
"Animal Intelligence" by George J. Romanes
By the Babylonian priests the heavens were made the object of expert observation as early as 3800 B.C.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby

In poetry:

And oft upon yon craggy mount,
Where threatening cliffs hang high,
Have I observ'd him stop to count
With fixless stare the sky.
"Will, The Maniac" by Washington Allston
Quickly, Delia, Learn my Passion,
Lose not Pleasure, to be Proud;
Courtship draws on Observation,
And the Whispers of the Croud.
"Three Songs" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
"Sure as the moon that rules the night
His kingdom shall endure,
Till the fixed laws of shade and light
Shall be observed no more.
"Psalm 89 part 5" by Isaac Watts
Observe, pray; for if here we err,
And do not Christ alone prefer,
But think the promise partly stands
On our obeying new commands;
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
'For his was each toil and each care,
The due observations to keep;
To sit watching amid the night air,
And fancy his father asleep.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
In Denmark view a castle fair,
Built long ago for Science' sake,
That Tycho Brahe, the sage, might there
Celestial observations make.
"Enigma VIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

A new survey from Gallup details how Utah's religious observance is the most statistically extreme in the nation.
A Dublin doctor recently shared his observations about food allergies at the World Allergy Conference.
Re "Thanksgiving isn't all about shopping" (Editorial notebook, Nov 14): Foon Rhee's observations are right on.
Daughters of the American Revolution observe Constitution Week at recent meeting.
Probably Grey Blackwell, the guy who does those fantastic web cartoons for the Raleigh News & Observer.
(Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father in law of Jared Kushner, the owner of Observer Media Group).
PETER SOREL Seth Rogen plays an obsessive security guard in the new black comedy, "Observe and Report".
"None of the operations we observed showed any negligence or unsafe practices," the letter said.
12 am, a Dane County sheriff's deputy, while on patrol, observed fire and smoke coming from a vacant home at 1235 Mills St.
One of the lowest mass supermassive black hole s ever observed in the middle of a galaxy has been identified, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other observatories.
9/11 10-Year Anniversary Observed in Los Angeles.
It went on to define a lesser-known observance.
We weren't three minutes into our pedicure—or two toes—and already The Observer was getting wasted.
Observations From Friday's Blue-White Scrimmage.
You know how it works 15 positive football observations, 7 "not so" positive football observations and one "oh no" moment from outside the world of football.

In science:

Here, we repeat essential observational details and report on new observations covering the 2010 and 2011 observing seasons at the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO) 2.3 m telescope.
A Fresh Catch of Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
A has the value ai iff bPi is true, in other words, “the observable A has the value ai ” = bPi Therefore, an observable has a defined value iff one of its pro jectors is true, a condition that is satisfied if, and only if, the observable is classical.
On the Nature of Reality
However, this makes only a very small difference to the flux estimates for transit observations occurring during the same season as the Wise observations, and none at all for the other transit observations, so we have not tabulated the estimated flux differences assuming other spot temperatures.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
Let bS n (g) the observed counts including the incidentally ated, which are not observed by the observer since the resulting g may include inciden(cid:1)(cid:1)(cid:1) is proportional to pLn2 .
Tractable and Consistent Random Graph Models
The expression that an observable “has a particular value” for a particular state is permissible in quantum mechanics in the special case when a measurement of the observable is certain to lead to the particular value, so that the state is an eigenstate of the observable.
Interpreting Bananaworld: A response to Bub's Quantum Mechanics for Primates
Due to external constraints in the observing schedule, the deep field observation airmasses tend to be higher, on average, than the primary standard observation airmasses.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
The upshot is that bosonic observables (that is observables with even f-degree) can be treated as in a purely bosonic theory, while the fermionic observables (that is observables with odd f-degree) have vanishing expectation values.
A positive formalism for quantum theory in the general boundary formulation
Comparison with observed distributions. As already noted, calculated ( ) show the type of behaviour observed in Figure 1 for observed actual values of ( )as given by (3.2). However, the distribution of the actual values deviates above and below normal to a greater extent than calculation suggests.
Application of an accurate remainder term in the calculation of Residue Class Distributions
We can relax this assumption and do not assume the formalism of quantum mechanics, but only require that for two compatible (commutable) observables, a measurement on one observable does not change the marginal probability distribution of measurement outcomes of the other observable.
Exploring Quantum Contextuality to Generate True Random Numbers
Therefore, it may be argued that combining the three convergence criteria, namely, (i) matching the observed SED, (ii) matching the total observed rate of ionising photons, Q(H0 ), and (iii) matching the observed nebular emission line fluxes, may give informative results, even for a relatively simplified model.
A multi-wavelength study of the Magellanic-type galaxy NGC 4449. I. Modelling the spectral energy distribution, the ionisation structure and the star formation history
It was found that in order for the gas to be in hydrostatic equilibrium in a potential well consistent with the observed lenses, the temperature needs to be about two times larger than observed for the (cid:12)rst two clusters, while it is consistent with the observed value for the third one.
The Distribution of Mass and Gas in the Center of Clusters of Galaxies Implied by X-Ray and Lensing Observations
If there are several chains connecting observer and observed (for example via other observers, known as “Wigner’s friends”), the correctly applied Schr¨odinger equation warrants that each individual component (2.6) describes consistent (“ob jectivized”) measurement results.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
If, instead of taking notice of the result, the observer would decide to perform another measurement of the “system” (by using a new observational chain), he could not observe any interference between different n’s, since, as a local system, he cannot perform the required global measurements.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
Observations Observations using the coronographic mode on COME-ON were conducted January   and April   with the ESO .-m telescope during nights dedicated to young stellar ob ject observations.
High angular resolution coronography for adaptive optics
Comparison with observations To approach the problem of comparing the present theoretical scenario with observational data, in Figure  we show the observational Bailey diagram given by Sandage ( , and references therein) for pulsators belonging to the two well studied clusters M (OoII) and M (OoI).
Nonlinear Investigation of the Pulsational Properties of RR Lyrae Variables