Syn. Observance; notice; attention; remark; comment; note. See Observance.
(Ob`ser*va"tion*al) a. Of a pertaining to observation; consisting of, or containing, observations.
(Ob*serv"a*tive) a. Observing; watchful.
(Ob"ser*va`tor) n. [L.]
1. One who observes or takes notice. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.
2. One who makes a remark. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Ob*serv"a*to*ry) n.; pl. Observatories [Cf. F. observatoire.]
1. A place or building for making observations on the heavenly bodies.
The new observatory in Greenwich Park.Evelyn.
2. A building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series
of natural phenomena.
3. A place, as an elevated chamber, from which a view may be observed or commanded.
4. (Mil.) A lookout on a flank of a battery whence an officer can note the range and effect of the fire.
(Ob*serve") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Observed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Observing.] [L. observare, observatum;
ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf.F. observer. See Serve.]
1. 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.Ex. xii. 17.
He wolde no such cursedness observe.Chaucer.
Must I budge? Must I observe you?Shak.
With solemn purpose to observeMilton.
Immutably his sovereign will.
2. To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to discover; as,
to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army.
3. To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to
(Ob*serve"), v. i.
1. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.