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observer

Definitions

  • Tabitha observes
    Tabitha observes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n observer a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
    • n observer an expert who observes and comments on something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

OBSERVATION DETERMINING THE POLE OBSERVATION DETERMINING THE POLE
An observation beehive An observation beehive

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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."
    • Observer A sycophantic follower.
    • Observer One who fulfills or performs; as, an observer of his promises.
    • Observer One who keeps any law, custom, regulation, rite, etc.; one who conforms to anything in practice. "Diligent observers of old customs.""These . . . hearkened unto observers of times."
    • Observer One who observes, or pays attention to, anything; especially, one engaged in, or trained to habits of, close and exact observation; as, an astronomical observer . "The observed of all observers .""Careful observers may foretell the hour,
      By sure prognostic, when to dread a shower."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.
    • n observer One who observes or takes notice; a spectator or looker-on: as, a keen observer.
    • n observer One who is engaged in habitual or systematic observation, as for scientific purposes; especially, one who is trained to make certain special observations with accuracy and under proper precautions: as, an astronomical observer; a corps of observers.
    • n observer One who observes or keeps any law, custom, regulation, or rite; one who practises, performs, or fulfils anything: as, a careful observer of the proprieties; an observer of the sabbath.
    • n observer One who watches with a view to serve; an obsequious attendant or admirer; hence, a toady; a sycophant.
    • n observer In experimental psychology, the general term for the subject of a psychological experiment: opposed to experimenter, the general term for the person who arranges the conditions of the experiment.
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Quotations

  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia%20Woolf
    “On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.”
  • Jean Paul
    Jean%20Paul
    “Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions.”
  • Henry Wheeler Shaw
    Henry Wheeler Shaw
    “My son, observe the postage stamp! Its usefulness depends upon its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.”
  • George Washington
    George%20Washington
    “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
  • Louis Pasteur
    Louis%20Pasteur
    “In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared minds.”

Usage

In literature:

I made no observations on his ignorance, but inquired how he liked being a slave?
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
Menstruation has always been of interest, not only to the student of medicine, but to the lay-observer as well.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
And the ladies,' observed Mr. Chillip, timorously, 'are great observers, sir.
"David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens
Everything that had been observable in him before, was observable now, but with a greater amount of concentration.
"Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens
They all sat down in a circle about me, the better to observe my motions.
"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
Arthur did not fail to observe this; though the difference between the present occasion and the former was not within his power of observation.
"Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens
Of all this, and much more, the rosy landlady of the Blue Dragon took as accurate note and observation as only woman can take of woman.
"Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit" by Charles Dickens
This phenomenon takes place in the driest parts of the desert, and in places where, to an ordinary observer, there is not a sign of life.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Meanwhile, the sailor attentively observed the disposition and nature of the surrounding country.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
The experienced observer never uses as high powers as the beginner does.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
Next day he left his bed and defended a disregard of professional advice which had been suggested by previous observations.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
In 1774 a new house had been engaged, which had "more room for workshops," and whose roof gave space for observing.
"Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works" by Edward Singleton Holden
The same observation holds good on a larger scale.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
In the sciences of direct observation, when a fact is missing from a series, it is sought for by a new observation.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
No microscopical alterations in the corpuscles are to be observed.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
The difference is not great, but it is definite, for it is based on a large number of observations.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
If this sequence has not been observed, continued observation tells the tale.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
Of late one sees everywhere numbers of women in mourning, increasing so rapidly as to attract the attention of even the least observing.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
Our observations, however, were incontestable, and we immediately named the land Sverdrup's Island, after its discoverer.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Observe bees collecting pollen at flowers; observe them drinking nectar.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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In poetry:

Then, quite unnerved, young Paul observed:
"It's like a dreadful dream,
And Uncle Ben has fallen ten
Per cent. in my esteem.
Not only did he first usurp us,
But now he's left us here on purpose!"
"How The Babes In The Wood Showed They Couldn't Be Beaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Her father and mother observed her decay;
"What ails ye, my bairn?" they ofttimes would say;
"Ye turn round your wheel, but you come little speed,
For feeble's your hand and silly's your thread."
"Auld Robin Gray" by Henry Morley
When we Young Men with pastimes the Twilight beguile,
I watch your plump cheek till it dimples with joy:
And observe, that whatever occasions the smile,
You give me a glance; but provokingly coy.
"Nancy" by Robert Bloomfield
That secrets are a sacred trust,
That friends should be sincere and just,
That constancy befits them,
Are observations on the case,
That savour much of commonplace,
And all the world admits them.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
Then holding the spectacles up to the court, —
Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle,
As wide as the ridge of the Nose is, in short,
Designed to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
"Report Of An Adjudged Case" by William Cowper
Time saw, ere two years could expire,
The Lady die--the child a 'Squire;
And, after forty more, observ'd,
The office of High Sheriff serv'd .
His family enjoys it yet.
Who easier could a village get?
"The Valentine" by William Hutton

In news:

PETER SOREL Seth Rogen plays an obsessive security guard in the new black comedy, "Observe and Report".
They are moments in time, caught on film or witnessed by the observant.
Gallstone dissolution was observed on 60 occasions in 54 patients.
"None of the operations we observed showed any negligence or unsafe practices," the letter said.
Mount Orion's binocular telescope to a Celestron mount for ultimate two-eyed observing.
Astronomy Contributing Editor Phil Harrington provides an introduction to binocular observing.
Random observations regarding NBC's upfront.
The Cessna L-19 " Bird Dog " was adopted by the US Army for liaison and observation work in 1950.
Highlights, lowlights and other observations from the Philadelphia Eagles' 19-17 win over the New York Giants Sunday night, giving them three wins in a season by two or fewer points for the first time since 1990.
Here are some observations and notes after a review of the Eagles' 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday: On second thought Why were the Eagles so bad in the red zone on Monday night.
Here are some observations and notes after a review of the Eagles' 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday.
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.
M Keck Telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, observing the galactic center.
9/11 10-Year Anniversary Observed in Los Angeles.
Glenn Chaple's Observing Basics: Curing the Astronomy Blahs .
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In science:

Masses of triquarks calculated in this way are in good agreement with the observed values, but for pentaquarks, the observed masses are about 200 MeV lower than the predicted values, and the observed widths are very narrow, being about 1/100 of their Q-values 2 .
Pentaquark Baryons in String Theory -- Talk at Pentaquark 04
Al l observers are on an equal physical footing just like the inertial observers in Maxwell theory. (Strictly speaking, in GR the concept “observer” requires a particular specification ).
An immediate proof of the non-existence of GW's
We therefore conclude that the observations and observed properties of SN 2003gd are consistent with the observed progenitor star, a red supergiant of mass 8+4 −2 M⊙ (Smartt et al. 2004), which resulted in a normal type II-P supernova at the end of its life.
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
Surprisingly, there exist some observations where the QPO hard lags appear to change sign (becoming what is called a “soft-lag”) during an observation and also between observations.
A simple model for the complex lag structure of microquasars
For instance, in the Einstein convention one synchronizes its own clock with those of the few observers in its neighborhood: the observer does not need to be in contact with distant observers.
Simultaneity in special and general relativity
The background was > ∼ 1.5 times higher than nominal for two ≈1 ks intervals of observation 5015, ∼ 1.5 times the nominal rate and remained above this and during observation 5017 the background rose to > level for ≈10 ks near the end of the observation.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
KI Observations The KI interferometric observable used for these measurements is the fringe contrast or visibility (squared) of an observed brightness distribution on the sky.
Dynamical Masses for Low-Mass Pre-Main Sequence Stars: A Preliminary Physical Orbit for HD 98800 B
The coordinate direction pi is not a directly observable quantity as it is defined with respect to coordinate grid on the curved space-time manifold. A real observable vector towards the source of light, sα = (1, si ), is defined with respect to the local inertial frame co-moving with the observer.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
We denote by ν = 1/(δT ) the observed frequency of the electromagnetic radiation measured at the point of observation by an observer moving with velocity V = ˙x(t) with respect to the ADM-harmonic coordinate frame.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
Varying the rates then so that they conform to the observational constraints, we obtain a handle on systematic differences in observed supernova rates through these two observational windows.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
In conjunction with this, the ATNF maintained a record of the pro ject proposals for observations on the telescope – the Projects database — and a short form of the observation parameters for each days observing – the Positions database.
Data storage, processing and visualisation for the ATCA
When combined with the observations of Bolocam sources 5 and 8 by Kov´acs et al. (2005), the entire Bolocam sample was observed over these observing runs.
The Bolocam 1.1 mm Lockman Hole Galaxy Survey: SHARC II 350 micron Photometry and Implications for Spectral Models, Dust Temperatures, and Redshift Estimation
So why presume that a list of demon observers who each predict different things to the ignorant observer is operationally equivalent to the ignorant observer? This is an assumption that has not been rationally or operationally justified.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Thus in the context of the cluster simulations of Williams et al. (2004), in reflection, it seems more appropriate to compa re our results to the predicted observable number of single white dwarfs (ie. the predicted total observed number - the predicted number observed in binaries).
New Praesepe white dwarfs and the initial mass-final mass relation
This process requires the division of the observed universe into an observed part and into an observing instrument.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
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