observe

Definitions

  • Tabitha observes
    Tabitha observes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v observe stick to correctly or closely "The pianist kept time with the metronome","keep count","I cannot keep track of all my employees"
    • v observe make mention of "She observed that his presentation took up too much time","They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
    • v observe observe with care or pay close attention to "Take note of this chemical reaction"
    • v observe discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water","We found traces of lead in the paint"
    • v observe watch attentively "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
    • v observe follow with the eyes or the mind "Keep an eye on the baby, please!","The world is watching Sarajevo","She followed the men with the binoculars"
    • v observe show respect towards "honor your parents!"
    • v observe behave as expected during of holidays or rites "Keep the commandments","celebrate Christmas","Observe Yom Kippur"
    • v observe conform one's action or practice to "keep appointments","she never keeps her promises","We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
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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)
    • Observe To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to notice; to discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army; to observe an accident.
    • Observe To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.
    • Observe To make a remark; to comment; to make an observation{3}; -- generally with on or upon. "I have barely quoted . . . without observing upon it."
    • Observe To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's action or practice to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to comply with; as, to observe rules or commands; to observe civility. "Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread.""He wolde no such cursedness observe .""Must I budge? Must I observe you?""With solemn purpose to observe Immutably his sovereign will."
    • Observe To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.
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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."
    • observe To regard with attention or careful scrutiny, as for the purpose of discovering and noting something; watch; take note of: as, to observe trifles with interest; to observe one's every movement.
    • observe Specifically To subject to systematic inspection and scrutiny for some scientific or practical purpose: as, to observe natural phenomena for the purpose of ascertaining their laws; to observe meteorological indications for the purpose of forecasting the weather. See observation, 3.
    • observe To see; perceive; notice; remark; hence, to detect; discover: as, we observed a stranger approaching; to observe one's uneasiness.
    • observe To notice and remark, or remark upon; refer to in words; say; mention: as, what did you observe?
    • observe To heed; regard; hence, to regard with respect and deference; treat with respectful attention or consideration; humor.
    • observe To adhere to and carry out in practice; conform to or comply with; obey: as, to observe the regulations of society; to observe the proprieties.
    • observe To keep with due ceremonies; celebrate: as, to observe a holiday; to observe the sabbath.
    • observe Synonyms To eye, survey, scrutinize.
    • observe Notice, Behold, etc. (see see).
    • observe Keep, etc. (see celebrate), regard, fulfil, conform to.
    • observe To be attentive; take note.
    • observe To remark; comment: generally with upon or on.
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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.
    • v.t Observe ob-zėrv′ to keep in view: to notice: to subject to systematic observation: to regard attentively: to remark, refer to in words: to comply with: to heed and to carry out in practice: to keep with proper ceremony: to keep or guard
    • v.i Observe to take notice: to attend: to remark
    • n Observe (Shak.) an obsequious attendant: one strict to comply with a custom, &c.; or Observ′antine, one of those Franciscan monks of stricter rule who separated from the Conventuals in the 15th century
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Quotations

  • Anthony Trollope
    Anthony Trollope
    “I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.”
  • Antisthenes
    Antisthenes
    “Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.”
  • Walter Benjamin
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    “He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “Some facts should be suppressed, or, at least, a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.”
  • Ellen Key
    Ellen Key
    “Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. observare, observatum,; ob,see Ob-) + servare, to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer,. See Serve

Usage

In literature:

I persuaded Mr. Jamieson, an excellent observer, to go and observe them; and this is his result.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Though usually held to be Pliocene, some careful observers consider it to be of a later age.
"The Prehistoric World" by E. A. Allen
The first is from things that are conspicuous, and the observation of those bodies which are in places superior to us.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
The travellers, interested by her distress, stopped to observe her.
"The Mysteries of Udolpho" by Ann Radcliffe
Observe, without being thought an observer, for otherwise people will be upon their guard before you.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
This difference was nearly double that which I had observed on the previous mornings.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
The Duc de Luxembourg, sole general of his own army, covered the siege operations, and observed the enemy.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
All the observable phenomena are there predicted for the convenience of observers.
"Side-lights on Astronomy and Kindred Fields of Popular Science" by Simon Newcomb
Up to this moment the observations and our reckoning had shown a surprising agreement.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
It should be observed that the remarkable formula (20) may in the present case be obtained directly as follows.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
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In poetry:

Whenever thou dost at the church appear,
Observe, how pleasant is the Lord's abode!
When there thou comest, come with aweful fear,
And due respect, before the Lord thy God.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
A. First, I observe, that I renounce entire
The wily fiend, and his infernal deeds,
This wicked world, with ev'ry vain desire,
And sinful lust, that from the flesh proceeds.
"The Catechism " by Rees Prichard
For we are what we are—
So broke to blood
And the strict works of war—
So long subdued
To sacrifice, that threadbare Death commands
Hardly observance at our busier hands.
"Rebirth" by Rudyard Kipling
Q. Thus far thy answers have been full and plain —
Now tell me, without any sly reserve,
How many sacraments did Christ ordain,
Which his whole church was always to observe?
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Observe, how Satan leads thee by a thread
Into the stews, where sin-stain'd harlots dwell,
(As to the slaughter-house an ox is led)
And plunges by that crime thy soul to hell.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
Observe those rich and glorious things,
The rivers, meadows, woods, and springs,
The fructifying sun;
To note from far
The rising of each twinkling star
For us his race to run.
"Walking" by Thomas Traherne

In news:

Holy Family Catholic Church parishioners observe a moment of silence between the psalm response and the second Scripture reading during the Liturgy of the Word at Christmas Day Mass on Saturday, Dec 25, 2010.
Astronomers have found what may be the largest structure in the observable universe, an immense concentration of quasars and galaxies clustered across more than 600 million light years.
Breathing problems during sleep are usually first recognized by others who observe you while you're sleeping.
TEXAS BRINE COMPANY — At 8:05 pm Saturday evening, the drilling of the Observation Well reached and penetrated plugged brine cavern #3.
Drilling continued into the cavern where neither gas pressure nor brine pressure was initially observed.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist David Broder has been an "inside-the-beltway" observer for more than 40 years, working much of his career at The Washington Post.
One of the friendly competition events at the Hodaka Days was an observed trials, which was unfortunately truncated by a vicious rainstorm.
Today's Observer brings the sad news that Bungalow 8, the West Chelsea lounge you're nowhere near famous enough to get into, will likely soon be divested from club queen Amy Sacco's empire.
A few days after I've seen Love Child, the notes on my pad — a mix of observations, reminders and actual quotes — make absolutely no sense.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few has had a chance to observe 7-foot-1 Polish center Przemek Karnowski and came away impressed by his hands and his passing.
We're assuming we have the lobbyists and public relations folks from the carbonated beverage industry to thank for this Nov 19 observance.
Then the New York Observer hired her to write a column called "Sex and the City," all about the real-life stories of her and her friends.
Mike Wall writes in SPACE.com about a 1,650-foot-wide near-Earth asteroid observed by scientists Thursday.
But what messages did arrive seemed to reinforce a couple of observations made in earlier columns.
Astronomers' observations set constraints on size and characteristics of the doughnut-shaped rings surrounding supermassive black holes.
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In science:

Therefore, the observed response variable, Y , is the average annual change in event rate (%) and the observed covariate, X , is the observed risk score (%).
Modified likelihood ratio tests in heteroskedastic multivariate regression models with measurement error
N is the number of observations, Oobs(theor) is the observational (theoretical) values of observations, ~p is the fitted parameters, and σi is the uncertainties of observations.
Evidence for departure from \Lambda CDM with LSS
In all of the simulations, since we need to “turn off ” the atmospheric effects, we convolve the fiducial galaxies with a circular Gaussian before running the simulations to ensure that the observed galaxies have the same size as a fiducial galaxy observed under the fiducial observing conditions.
Spurious Shear in Weak Lensing with LSST
It is important to combine usual astronomical observation such as electromagnetic observations and neutrino observations with the GW observation, so called the multi-messenger observation.
Model-independent test of gravity with a network of ground-based gravitational-wave detectors
Going from top to bottom, the panels show the observed flux spectrum, the observed polarization, the observed Q and U Stokes parameters, and the observed polarization angle.
Spectropolarimetry of the Type Ia SN 2007sr Two Months After Maximum Light
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