scrutiny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scrutiny the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
    • n scrutiny a prolonged intense look
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scrutiny (Canon Law) A ticket, or little paper billet, on which a vote is written.
    • Scrutiny (Parliamentary Practice) An examination by a committee of the votes given at an election, for the purpose of correcting the poll.
    • Scrutiny (Anc. Church) An examination of catechumens, in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on Easter Day.
    • Scrutiny Close examination; minute inspection; critical observation. "They that have designed exactness and deep scrutiny have taken some one part of nature.""Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view
      And narrower scrutiny ."
    • v. t Scrutiny To scrutinize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scrutiny Close investigation or examination; minute inquiry; critical examination.
    • n scrutiny Specifically.
    • n scrutiny In the early church, the examination in Lent of catechumens, including instruction in and questions upon the creed, accompanied with prayers, exorcisms, and other ceremonies, prior to their baptism on Easter day. The days of scrutiny were from three to seven in number, according to different customs, the last usually occurring on the Wednesday before Passion Sunday.
    • n scrutiny One of the three methods used in the Roman Catholic Church for electing a Pope. In it each cardinal who is present at the conclave casts a vote in strict seclusion from his colleagues; the votes are then collected, and if two thirds plus one are for the same candidate he is declared elected. The other canonical modes are acclamation and accession.
    • n scrutiny In canon law, a ticket or little paper billet on which a vote is written.
    • n scrutiny An examination by a competent authority of the votes given or ballots east at an election, for the purpose of rejecting those that are vitiated or imperfect, and thus correcting the poll.
    • n scrutiny Synonyms Investigation, Inspection, etc. (see examination), sifting. See search, v.
    • scrutiny To scrutinize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scrutiny skrōō′ti-ni careful or minute inquiry: critical examination: an examination of the votes given at an election for the purpose of correcting the poll: in the early Church, the examination in Lent of the Catechumens:
    • n Scrutiny skrōō′ti-ni (R.C.) one of the methods of electing a pope, the others being acclamation and accession
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Quotations

  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Few people rise to our esteem upon closer scrutiny.”
  • Jack Canfield
    Jack Canfield
    “Most fears cannot withstand the test of careful scrutiny and analysis. When we expose our fears to the light of thoughtful examination they usually just evaporate.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
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    “Close scrutiny will show that most crisis situations are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”
  • William E. Gladstone
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    “Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “You should look at the entire Bible as a whole rather then narrowly, if you can, under close scrutiny and with juxtaposition of passages ”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scrutinium, fr. scrutari, to search carefully, originally, to search even to the rags, fr. scruta, trash, trumpery; perhaps akin to E. shred,: cf. AS. scrudnian, to make scrutiny
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. scrutine—L. scrutiniumscrutāri, to search even to the rags—scruta, rags, trash.

Usage

In literature:

More like was it to baffle the scrutiny of father and false husband.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
He bore their scrutiny with calm cheerfulness.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Mere scrutiny of the solar surface, however, is not the only means of solar observation.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Standing perfectly still he turned his body from the hips and gave the place a silent scrutiny before he set to work.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Professionally now he gave this section of Len Yang another scrutiny.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
She was conscious of his scrutiny, but took no offence at it.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
He looked the man over with a swift and eager scrutiny.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
His scrutiny was careful, comprehensive, but the only person he recognized was Grace.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
The utmost scrutiny failed to disclose any sign of it or any sound of breathing from that corner.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
He passed on under the bold scrutiny of those feminine eyes, but they left him quite unconscious.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Pharnaces.
We have resolved it, mighty king! with care,
With closest scrutiny. On us devolve
Whatever blame occurs!
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Make no deep scrutiny
Into her mutiny
Rash and undutiful:
Past all dishonour,
Death has left on her
Only the beautiful.
"The Bridge of Sighs" by Thomas Hood
HAROLD.
What silly vanity! But let me give you a piece of advice: beware of the scrutiny
of the king--he has an eye like a hawk, old as he is; and if he should happen to spy
your watch-riband--
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris
Their love was of the genuine sort;
Not mix'd, as is our Shrub and Port;
The strictest scrutiny would bear
As any horse who walks the fair;
For if through every part you go
You'd call it sound from top to toe.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton

In news:

Skin Products Not Manufactured in US Come Under FDA Scrutiny.
) that already has people talking about anti-trust scrutiny.
And the mayors who appointed them -- are demanding teachers be held up to closer scrutiny and tougher accountability while facing possible replacement.
Black Mothers' Mortality Rate Under Scrutiny.
Sections of potential 2008 candidate's life drawing greater scrutiny.
Border Patrol under scrutiny for deadly force.
The Times's Matthew L Wald looks at options for safely storing spent nuclear fuel as the American nuclear industry faces new scrutiny following the nuclear incident in Japan.
The Department of Homeland Security's scrutiny is in response to a letter from 16 members of Congress expressing concern about a Mexican man dying after being Tasered.
The GOP presidential campaign has been reeling following increased scrutiny.
The charge that Paton 's activities are under criminal investigation doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
How worried should you be about this "new" level of heightened scrutiny.
China Measures Said to Boost Bond Market, Issuer Scrutiny.
As Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr remains under medical care at the Mayo Clinic, his political behavior is under scrutiny in Washington, DC, and both situations may be coming to a head.
Voter ID laws get scrutiny.
Walking Horse Celebration opens under scrutiny.
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In science:

Thus, essentially all the preliminary astrometric masses derived for stars with planets observed with H ipparcos (Mazeh et al. 1999; Zucker & Mazeh 2000; Gatewood et al. 2001; Han et al. 2001) do not survive close statistical scrutiny.
Astrometric Methods and Instrumentation to Identify and Characterize Extrasolar Planets: A Review
In particular, we sub ject the origin of shot noise to scrutiny.
Turbulence Spectra from Doppler-broadened Spectral Lines: Tests of the Velocity Channel Analysis and Velocity Coordinate Spectrum Techniques
This picture, if it stands up to closer scrutiny, is rather similar to Taubes’ relation between the Seiberg-Witten and Gromov invariants of a symplectic four-manifold W .
Gauge Theory in higher dimensions, II
Anyway, the relevance of the Pioneer anomaly for space navigation is already sufficient to deserve a close scrutiny.
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks
More generally, we can move beyond the Ko et al. and Anshel at al. schemes, and ask: Is there a secure and efficient key exchange protocol based on group theoretic ideas? There are regular proposals, but the field is still waiting for a proposal that stands up to long-term scrutiny.
Group theory in cryptography
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