noun in·spec·tion \in-ˈspek-shən\

: the act of looking at something closely in order to learn more about it, to find problems, etc. : the act of inspecting something

: an official visit to a school, hospital, etc., in order to see if rules are being followed and things are in their proper condition

Full Definition of INSPECTION

a :  the act of inspecting
b :  recognition of a familiar pattern leading to immediate solution of a mathematical problem <solve an equation by inspection>
:  a checking or testing of an individual against established standards

Examples of INSPECTION

  1. Close inspection of the candles revealed some small defects.
  2. Regular inspections are required of all restaurants in the area.
  3. The barracks are ready for inspection.

First Known Use of INSPECTION

14th century
INSPECTION Defined for Kids


noun in·spec·tion \in-ˈspek-shən\

Definition of INSPECTION for Kids

:  the act of examining closely or officially
Medical Dictionary


noun in·spec·tion \in-ˈspek-shən\

Medical Definition of INSPECTION

:  visual observation of the body in the course of a medical examination—compare palpation 2
in·spect \in-ˈspekt\ verb


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