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ob·serv·er

 (əb-zûr′vər)
n.
1. One who observes: an observer of local customs; observers of religious holidays.
2. One who is sent to observe and report on events or proceedings without directly participating in them.
3.
a. A crew member on a military aircraft who makes observations.
b. A member of an armed force who watches and reports from an observation post.

observer

(əbˈzɜːvə)
n
1. a person or thing that observes
2. a person who attends a conference solely to note the proceedings
3. (Military) a person trained to identify aircraft, esp, formerly, a member of an aircrew

ob•serv•er

(əbˈzɜr vər)

n.
1. someone or something that observes.
2. a delegate to an assembly or gathering, who is sent to observe and report but not to take part officially in its activities.
[1545–55]

observer

  • camera lucida - An optical device consisting of an attachment that enables an observer to view simultaneously the image and a drawing surface for sketching it.
  • horoscope - Comes from Greek hora, "hour, time," and skopos, "observer."
  • obverse - Its first meaning was "turned towards or facing the observer."
  • zenith, nadir - Zenith derived from Arabic samt ar-ras, "the way or road above one's head"; zenith technically is the point directly above the observer and nadir is the point directly below.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.observer - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the sensesobserver - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
eyeglass wearer - a person who wears spectacles in order to see better
discoverer, finder, spotter - someone who is the first to observe something
attender, auditor, hearer, listener - someone who listens attentively
audile - one whose mental imagery is auditory rather than visual or motor
motile - one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
noticer - someone who takes notice; "a careful noticer of details"
seer - an observer who perceives visually; "an incurable seer of movies"
looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness - a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind); "the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star"
visualiser, visualizer - one whose prevailing mental imagery is visual
witness, witnesser, informant - someone who sees an event and reports what happened
2.observer - an expert who observes and comments on somethingobserver - an expert who observes and comments on something
expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
annotator - a commentator who writes notes to a text

observer

noun
1. witness, viewer, spectator, looker-on, watcher, onlooker, eyewitness, bystander, spotter, fly on the wall, beholder A casual observer would have assumed they were lovers.
2. commentator, commenter, reporter, special correspondent Political observers believe there may be a general election soon.
3. monitor, inspector, watchdog, supervisor, overseer, scrutineer A UN observer should attend the conference.
Quotations
"I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking" [Christopher Isherwood Goodbye to Berlin]

observer

noun
Translations
مُراقِبمُرَاقِبٌّ
pozorovatelpřihlížející
observatør
tarkkailija
promatrač
athugandi, skoîandi
観察者
관찰자
observatör
ผู้สังเกตการณ์
quan sát viên

observer

[əbˈzɜːvəʳ] Nobservador(a) m/f

observer

[əbˈzɜːrr] n
(= onlooker) → observateur/trice m/f
a casual observer → un observateur superficiel
(= expert) → observateur/trice m/f
Political observers believe that a decision may be announced shortly → Les observateurs politiques pensent qu'une décision pourrait être annoncée prochainement.
(= witness) → témoin m
Observers say the woman stabbed him → Les témoins disent que la femme l'a poignardé.

observer

n (= watcher)Zuschauer(in) m(f); (Mil, Aviat, Pol) → Beobachter(in) m(f)

observer

[əbˈzɜːvəʳ] nosservatore/trice

observe

(əbˈzəːv) verb
1. to notice. I observed her late arrival.
2. to watch carefully. She observed his actions with interest.
3. to obey. We must observe the rules.
4. to make a remark. `It's a lovely day', he observed.
obˈservance noun
1. the act of obeying rules etc. the observance of the law.
2. the act of observing (a tradition etc). the observance of religious holidays.
obˈservant adjective
quick to notice. An observant boy remembered the car's registration number.
ˌobserˈvation (ob-) noun
1. the act of noticing or watching. She is in hospital for observation.
2. a remark.
obˈservatoryplural obˈservatories noun
a place for observing and studying the stars, weather etc.
obˈserver noun
a person who observes.

observer

مُرَاقِبٌّ přihlížející observatør Beobachter παρατηρητής observador tarkkailija observateur promatrač osservatore 観察者 관찰자 observator observatør obserwator observador наблюдатель observatör ผู้สังเกตการณ์ gözlemci quan sát viên 观察者
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An observer endued with an infinite range of vision, and placed in that unknown center around which the entire world revolves, might have beheld myriads of atoms filling all space during the chaotic epoch of the universe.
A casual observer, adds the secretary, to whose notes we are indebted for the following account--a casual observer might possibly have remarked nothing extraordinary in the bald head, and circular spectacles, which were intently turned towards his
Had any observer of these proceedings been aware of the fearful secret hidden within the house, it would have affected him with a singular shape and modification of horror, to see the current of human life making this small eddy hereabouts, --whirling sticks, straws and all such trifles, round and round, right over the black depth where a dead corpse lay unseen!
Matthew was not looking at her and would not have seen what she was really like if he had been, but an ordinary observer would have seen this: A child of about eleven, garbed in a very short, very tight, very ugly dress of yellowish-gray wincey.
Moreover, whenever complicated experiments are in progress, so careful an observer as Gartner would have castrated his hybrids, and this would have insured in each generation a cross with the pollen from a distinct flower, either from the same plant or from another plant of the same hybrid nature.
An outside observer, unable to perceive the accompanying consciousness, might be wholly at a loss to discriminate between the automatic acts and those which volition escorted.
As to the nature of these friendships, which seemed so many to the eye of the superficial observer, they were of various kinds, and while the girl pursued them with enthusiasm and ardor, they left her unsatisfied and heart-hungry; they were never intimacies such as are so readily made by shallow natures.
A casual observer might have thought "and there ends the dialogue
A casual observer might have concluded that Anne's going mattered very little to her -- unless said observer had happened to get a good look in her eyes.
A close observer might have gathered that the topic was distasteful; but the doctor carried it off gaily.
With this method of observation it often happens that the observer, influenced by the direction he himself prefers, regards those as leaders who, owing to the people's change of direction, are no longer in front, but on one side, or even in the rear.
An observer with anything of an eye for national types would have had no difficulty in determining the local origin of this undeveloped connoisseur, and indeed such an observer might have felt a certain humorous relish of the almost ideal completeness with which he filled out the national mould.