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Observing Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    observing adj : quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception [syn: observant]
Observing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Observe \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 observe Immutably his sovereign will. --Milton.
  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 remark.
Observing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Observing \Ob*serv"ing\, a. Giving particular attention; habitually attentive to what passes; as, an observing person; an observing mind.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Observing'


Observation is either an activity of a living being (such as a human), consisting of receiving knowledge of the outside world through the senses, or the recording of data using scientific instrument. The term may also refer to any data collected during this activity. An observation can also be the way you look at things or when you look at something.

The scientific method requires observations of nature to formulate and test hypotheses. It consists of these steps:

Observation plays a role in the second and fifth steps. However the need for reproducibility requires that observations by different observers be comparable. Human sense impressions are subjective and qualitative making them difficult to record or compare. The idea of measurement evolved to allow recording and comparison of observations made at different times and places by different people. Measurement consists of using observation to compare the thing being measured to a standard; an artifact, process or definition which can be duplicated or shared by all observers, and counting how many of the standard units are comparable to the object. Measurement reduces an observation to a number which can be recorded, and two observations which result in the same number are equal within the resolution of the process.

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* Rules only make sense if they are both kept and broken. Breaking the rule is one way of observing it. - Sir Thomas More

* You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. - Eric Hoffer

* The gods, likening themselves to all kinds of strangers, go in various disguises from city to city, observing the wrongdoing and the righteousness of men. - Homer


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