ETYM Old Eng. amonicioun, Old Fren. amonition, French admonition, from Latin admonitio, from admonere. Related to Admonish.
1. A firm rebuke; SYN. admonishment, monition.
2. Cautionary advice; SYN. warning, word of advice.
ETYM Latin annotatio: cf. French annotation.
A note or comment attached to some part of a document to provide related information. Some applications support voice annotations or annotations accessible by icons. See also comment.
The act of adding notes; SYN. annotating.
ETYM Late Lat. minuta a small portion, small coin, from Latin minutus small: cf. French minute. Related to Minute.
1. A short note.
2. A unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree; SYN. arcminute, minute of arc.
3. A unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour; SYN. min.
Also a unit of angle equal to one sixtieth of a degree.
1. A brief written record
2. A short personal letter; SYN. short letter, line.
3. A comment (usually added to a text); SYN. annotation, notation.
4. A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; SYN. musical note, tone.
5. A promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time; SYN. promissory note, note of hand.
6. A characteristic emotional quality
7. A tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
ETYM Latin observatio: cf.French observation.
1. A patient visual study or examination; SYN. observance, watching.
2. A remark expressing careful consideration; SYN. reflection, reflexion.
3. Explicit notice; SYN. remark.
4. Facts learned by observing.
5. The act of making and recording a measurement.
In science, the perception of a phenomenon—for example, examining the Moon through a telescope, watching mice to discover their mating habits, or seeing how a plant grows.
Traditionally, observation was seen as entirely separate from theory, free from preconceptions and therefore lending support to the idea of scientific objectivity. However, as the preceding examples show, observations are ordered according to a pre-existing theory; for instance, one cannot observe mating behavior without having decided what mating behavior might look like. In addition, many observations actually affect the behavior of the observed (for instance, of mating mice).