• Tabitha observes
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n observance the act of observing; taking a patient look
    • n observance conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
    • n observance the act of noticing or paying attention "he escaped the notice of the police"
    • n observance a formal event performed on a special occasion "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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)
    • Observance An act, ceremony, or rite, as of worship or respect; especially, a customary act or service of attention; a form; a practice; a rite; a custom. "At dances
      These young folk kept their observances ."
      "Use all the observance of civility.""Some represent to themselves the whole of religion as consisting in a few easy observances .""O I that wasted time to tend upon her,
      To compass her with sweet observances !"
    • Observance Servile attention; sycophancy. "Salads and flesh, such as their haste could get,
      Served with observance ."
      "This is not atheism,
      But court observance ."
      "Love rigid honesty,
      And strict observance of impartial laws."
    • Observance The act or practice of observing or noticing with attention; a heeding or keeping with care; performance; -- usually with a sense of strictness and fidelity; as, the observance of the Sabbath is general; the strict observance of duties. "It is a custom
      More honored in the breach than the observance ."
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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."
    • n observance Attention; perception; heed; observation.
    • n observance Respectful regard or attention; hence, reverence; homage.
    • n observance The act of observing, paying attention to, or following in practice; compliance in practice with the requirements of some law, custom, rule, or injunction; due performance: as, the observance of the sabbath; observance of stipulations; observance of prescribed forms.
    • n observance A custom, rule, or thing to be observed, followed, or kept.
    • n observance A rite or ceremony; an act performed in token of worship, devotion, or respect.
    • n observance Synonyms Observance, Observation. These words start from two different senses of the same root — to pay regard to, and to watch. Observation is watching or notice; observance is keeping, conforming to, or complying with. Observation was formerly used in the sense of observance: as, “the observation of the Sabbath is again commanded” (caption to Ex. xxxi.); “the opinions which he [Milton] has expressed respecting … the observation of the Sabbath might, we think, have caused more just surprise” (Macaulay, Milton); but this use is now obsolescent. It is desirable that the words should be kept distinct.
    • n observance Form, Rite, etc. See ceremony.
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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.
    • ns Observance act of observing or paying attention to: performance: attention: that which is to be observed: rule of practice, a custom to be observed: reverence: homage
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  • John Tillotson
    John Tillotson
    “They who are in the highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are the most observed.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Observation is an old man's memory.”
  • Yogi Berra
    “You can see a lot by observing.”
  • Yogi Berra
    “You can observe a lot by just watching.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. observance, L. observantia,. See Observant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. observāre, -ātumob, before, servāre, to keep.


In literature:

Suddenly I heard a shout, and turning hastily round, observed Peterkin struggling in the arms of the gorilla!
"The Gorilla Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the first place, no two observers have obtained exactly the same results.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
They do not observe impurity after a death nor bathe on returning from a funeral.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
I observed how shrewd that particular bird was.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Now, look at the chart, and observe where the mighty current leaves its reputed source in the Gulf of Mexico.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Let us observe who occupy them.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
About the only examination of water that can be made by the average stock raiser is to observe its taste, color, smell, and clearness.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
I'm all for the observance of ancient forms and ceremonies.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
According to a distinguished naturalist (Buffon), it is first observable by a slight swelling of the groins.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The observations of meteorologists furnish important, though hitherto unconscious evidence of the influence of this agent.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall

In poetry:

PATRICK. Luis, though a low position
Mine is here, and I observe thee
Raised to fortune's highest summit,
Yet I feel more grief than envy
At thy rise. Thou art a Christian;
Show thyself one now in earnest.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The gypsy-girl, with speaking eyes,
Observ'd her pupil's fond surprize,
She begg'd that he her hand would cross,
With Sixpence; and that He should know
His future scene of gain and loss,
His weal and woe.—
"The Fortune-Teller, a Gypsy Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Rebecca, when the night grew dark,
Upon the vigil of Saint Mark,
(Observ'd by Paul, a roguish scout,
Who guess'd the task she went about,)
Stepp'd to St Stephen's Church to see
What youth her husband was to be.
"Rebecca" by Sir John Carr
Once when leading a storming party the soldiers drew back,
But he quickly observed that courage they did lack,
Then he calmly lighted a cigar, and turned cheerfully found,
And the soldiers rushed boldly on with a bound.
"General Gordon, the Hero of Khartoum" by William Topaz McGonagall
The clock no more his herald prov'd;
Tuesday, nay Wednesday, morn have mov'd,
Ere trembling shopmen saw their master:
Observing neighbours whisper'd round,
That ease might do, with plenty crown'd;
If not, that ruin came the faster.
"Bamkruptcy Rendered Easy" by Sir John Carr
When, if sweet memories of her sleeping smile
Should my devotion thitherward beguile,
Cheating the morn of its observance due,
My happy voice should not be wanting long
To wile her forth with loving transport true
Or wake her with a song.
"A Poet's Home" by Charles Harpur

In news:

Medicare rules for 'observation' care are arbitrary , unjust.
Leanna Russell, Community Observer aboard USCGC Healy.
On Saturday, May 19th, Armed Forces Day will be observed at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery beginning at 11 AM.
An astute observation of Iraqi trainees.
Use this table to refine your comet observing.
Here are 10 more observations heading into the Saints' Week 12 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
Manjoo's observation piqued the Explainer's curiosity: When did scribbling your name on a piece of paper become a means of authentication .
Students in the Ruthven- Ayrshire Community School are gearing up for their Homecoming observance, which will run Sept 17-21, in conjunction with Homecoming at Graettinger-Terril.
New fighting as UN observers leave.
Some observers say it points to a persistent and deep homophobia in pro sports.
US President Obama's re-election and the Senate remaining under Democratic control have dashed Republican hopes of axing the healthcare law, observers said.
Br> Re: Ben Stein's Simply Terrifying: /p> p>Ben Stein's writing is the literary equivalent of Samuel Johnson's observation that "The prospect of getting hung in the morning will concentrate the mind wonderfully".
Perry is a member of the Rotary Club, which built a sculpture of food as part of the Art in Boone County Sculpture contest in August, where she observed the other entries.
"There was a time when I thought writing poems could help us arrive at answers," Telluride poet Rosemerry Trommer observes on her blogsite, Wordwoman.
A s Bob Hope and Bing Crosby observed in Road to Bali.

In science:

We show that randomness in the transition function can be obtained for free for complete-observation concurrent games (and any class that subsumes complete-observation concurrent games) and for one-sided complete-observation turn-based games (and any class that subsumes this class).
Randomness for Free
The games with one-sided complete-observation are the special case of games where O1 = {{s} | s ∈ S } (i.e., Player 1 has complete observation) or O2 = {{s} | s ∈ S } (Player 2 has complete observation).
Randomness for Free
Observing log for some of the results obtained with the scientific camera of SAOLIM during the observing run at the telescope. A narrow band filter (1033/10nm) was used during all the observations.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
This QFT should assign to each Rindler wedge W (V ) an algebra of observables M (V ), such that when V < V ′ , M (V ) ⊃ M (V ′ ) (because every observable in the smaller wedge is also an observable of the larger one).
A proof of the generalized second law for rapidly-evolving Rindler horizons
Now, as explained in section 4.1, the effective FLRW observer must have a different observer time, teff , compared to the LTB observer time t0 to get the angular scales to match.
Testing the Void against Cosmological data: fitting CMB, BAO, SN and H0