• Tabitha observes
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj observational relying on observation or experiment "experimental results that supported the hypothesis"
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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)
    • a Observational Of or pertaining to observation; consisting of, or containing, observations.
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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."
    • observational Of, pertaining to, or used in observation, especially in observation without experimentation.
    • observational Derived from or founded on observation: in this sense usually opposed to experimental.
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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 Observational consisting of, or containing, observations or remarks: derived from observation, as distinguished from experiment
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  • T. S. Eliot
    “It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Observe all men, thyself most.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Something of a person's character may be observed by how they smile. Some never smile they only grin.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs.”


In literature:

What had I found to observe in the neighbourhood of Port Egmont after my explorations of the first few days?
"An Antarctic Mystery" by Jules Verne
Every thing relative to so great a man is worth observing.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
And here I may observe that, in doing this, we shall have advantages, which historians have not always had in developing the causes of things.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Many later observations confirmed this impression.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
The recruit should be trained in observing his surrounding from positions and when on the march.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
Observations on dry appearance of Upper Swan.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
Step back a moment, and see if he observes me.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
At the S. door note stoup, and within the church observe (1) the 15th cent.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
We also observed several large and rich convents in the town.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
On the 24th there was a general issue of clothing, and the 26th was observed as Christmas Day.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2" by David Collins
Astronomical and nautical observations.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
Astronomical and nautical observations.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders
The next morning we observed again, and the results were agreeable to the preceding observations, allowing for the ship's run.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
Observe how the whole swarm divide and make way for the pismire that passes through them!
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
One observation seems peculiar to them, if indeed it be a veritable observation.
"Astronomical Myths" by John F. Blake
Foreigners observe us better than we observe ourselves.
"A Logic Of Facts" by George Jacob Holyoake
An important observation demands that this should be sharp and clear, otherwise the observation is worthless.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
But the observations which have been made by Parker, Longstaff, Dixey, and others open up a most interesting field for further observation.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various
What has been your practice in this kind of travel with reference to Sabbath observance?
"The Awakening of the Desert" by Julius C. Birge

In poetry:

"And here you must on no pretence
Make the first observation. Wait for the Victim to commence:
No Ghost of any common sense
Begins a conversation .
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
Observe but in these neighbouring lands
The different use of mouth and hands:
As men reposed their various hopes,
In battles these, and those in tropes.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto II." by Matthew Prior
Heaven observed the vaunting carcass there
Blooming with the richness of a flower;
And that almighty stink which corpses wear
Choked you with sleepy power!
"A Carrion" by Allen Tate
His neighbor, observing the fun,
Said, "I think that the thing can be done,
If you'll listen to me,
You'll quickly agree
That two heads are better than one.
"A Bicycle Built For Two" by Carolyn Wells
Let holiness upon thy front appear,
That all the people plainly may observe,
By the behaviour thou art wont to bear,
That thou dost a most holy Master serve.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
She replied, "I will show you the way,
So observe every thing that I do.
First two sticks cross each other I lay"—
"To be sure," said the crow; "why, I knew
"The Magpie's Nest, Or A Lesson Of Docility" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Stories of art, culture, music and media as told by WNYC's resident cultural observer, Sara Fishko.
While making a weather forecast, the present weather conditions across the area must be observed.
Just as with imatinib, however, some resistance has been observed.
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While observing my children I have often wondered which traits they inherited from myself and their mother and what they may have developed on their own before they were born.
Olympic Astronomical Society presents 'Washington Dark Sky Sites for Observing' Nov 8.
Pre-game observations: The Cavaliers looked to find the winning formula Thursday night when they beat the Magic in Cleveland.
Within 30 seconds of observing Roberto Cavalli , this much is clear: he doesn't just like women.
There was no dramatic feud with Zola, nor, Danchev says, was it that fear of women that sidetracked Cézanne toward painting apples, as so many psycho-centric Cézanne observers insist.
His more than 70 years of astronomical observations and scientific work changed our understanding of comets and made space travel safer.
As the New York landscape architect Alec Gunn observed, the chairs are suited for only one thing: doing nothing.
As the New York landscape architect Alec Gunn observed, it's well suited for only one thing: doing nothing.
Glenn Chaple 's Observing Basics: Sketching 101.
Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson observes a seventh-grade English class at UP Academy in South Boston.
Born in Rosario, Argentina on June 14, 1928, Ernesto R Guevara de la Serna studied medicine before travelling around South America, observing conditions that spurred his Marxist beliefs.

In science:

Fig. 2.— 2MASS/NICER extinction map of Perseus overlaid with outlines showing the areas covered by 12CO and 13CO observations (green), 850µm continnum observations (red) and HI observations (yellow) which are all available to download from the COMPLETE website.
The COMPLETE Survey of Star-Forming Regions: Phase I Data
We have studied both problems by repeatedly observing (with WFPC2) a field of stars over time, in which we now have a ground calibrated sequence of stars. A standard-star sequence in the globular cluster NGC 2419 was observed with HST over the six years of our Cepheid observations from 1994 to 2000 (SDTW).
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
Since only observables with a degenerate spectrum can belong to two different complete sets of commuting observables, Kochen-Specker theorem holds for systems which are at least three dimensional (for a two dimensional system an observable with a degenerate spectrum is simply a constant).
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
The observer in the thought experiment corresponding to the derivation of the PVAR is at rest in the frame S and the PVAR gives the velocity of the ob ject relative to this observer, V , in the case that that the velocity of the ob ject relative to an observer at rest in the frame S’ is ω .
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
Appendix: Sagnac effect on the group velocity Let us discuss the group velocity change depending on the observer’s velocity. Sagnac effect is observed as the distance change between the light source and the observer by the motion of the observer.
A revisit of the papers on the theory of relativity: Reconsideration of the hypothesis of ether-dragging
This system allows PIs to provide almost immediate feedback about the quality of the observations or to suggest adjustments to the observing strategy for future observations.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
The initial value problem will probably not lead to observable consequences, because everything happening more than about 60 e-folds before the end of inflation will not have entered our observable universe today (it will have left its imprint on scales larger than our observable universe).
D-term inflation after spontaneous symmetry breaking
As a result most observations of protoplanetary discs observe the dust rather than the gas, so ideally models which seek to reproduce such observations should treat the dust and gas components of the disc independently.
From discs to planetesimals I: evolution of gas and dust discs
In the later case, observations should concentrate on the objects with closed bipolar lobes to con fine the hot gas (Gruendl et al. 2006). A relevant observing program on a few selected PNe with XMM-Newton will require typically 1 million second observation to achieve significant spectral constraint s.
Supernova remnants, planetary nebulae and superbubbles: prospects for new XMM-Newton observations
While radio synchrotron emission is observed in most SNRs (in 203 over the 217 observed Galactic SNRs, Green 2004), X-ray synchrotron emission is observed only in a few remnants up to now.
Non-thermal acceleration mechanisms in supernova remnant shells
In the first, any two observations are required to be at least a fixed distance apart, hence as the number of observations increase, the region on which the process is observed eventually becomes unbounded.
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
In the first, any two observations are required to be at least a fixed distance apart, hence as the number of observations increase, the region on which the process is observed eventually becomes unbounded.
Overall and Pairwise Segregation Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
The bias also decreases with increasing number of observations, which can also be explained this way, as removing a certain percentage of observations has a smaller perturbing effect on the prediction rule when the total number of observations is large.
A study of pre-validation
Their results are striking; one observation with continuous response carries about as much information as eight observations with binary response, and deviance tests are found to be unreliable even with 11 times as many observations as x-variables.
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies
In the first, any two observations are required to be at least a fixed distance apart, hence as the number of observations increase, the region on which the process is observed eventually becomes unbounded.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables