in·​spec·​tion | \ in-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce inspection (audio) \

Definition of inspection

1a : the act of inspecting
b : recognition of a familiar pattern leading to immediate solution of a mathematical problem solve an equation by inspection
2 : a checking or testing of an individual against established standards

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Examples of inspection in a Sentence

Close inspection of the candles revealed some small defects. Regular inspections are required of all restaurants in the area. The barracks are ready for inspection.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The plane was removed from service pending inspection and passengers were put on a different plane., "Lightning strikes Southwest flight from Baltimore," 9 July 2019 The truck and the refrigerated trailer was stopped for a secondary inspection and questioning by Nogales sector Border Patrol agents. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "33 undocumented migrants found hiding in trailer at I-19 Border Patrol checkpoint," 3 July 2019 The soft serve machine was closed by the manager during the inspection and the mix was thrown out. Howard Koplowitz |,, "The 10 worst restaurant health scores in Jefferson County for June 2019," 2 July 2019 The caverns’ swing goes through daily inspections and routine preventative maintenance to ensure rider safety, Heard said. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Accident leads to immediate shutdown of ‘giant swing’ devices in Colorado," 27 June 2019 Plus, Airbnb’s mid-level offering, offers guests listings in nearly 300 cities that pass a 100-point inspection and cost a couple hundred dollars a night. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Airbnb Gets Swanky With Chateaus and Beach Homes Costing Up to $1 Million Weekly," 25 June 2019 The lack of inspection and certification is unacceptable. Dan Sweeney,, "‘Have we gone completely mad?’ Readers react to driverless trucks on Florida roads.," 18 June 2019 Put restrictions on when and how a municipality can conduct targeted neighborhood inspections and cap the amount of fees that can be charged. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 ways Wisconsin lawmakers dramatically rewrote rental laws to favor landlords over tenants," 14 June 2019 The website reports on facility inspections and other compliance issues. Anne Saker,, "Two Cincinnati area nursing homes land on newly disclosed national list of problem sites," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of inspection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of inspection

: 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


in·​spec·​tion | \ in-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce inspection (audio) \

Kids Definition of inspection

: the act of examining closely or officially


in·​spec·​tion | \ in-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce inspection (audio) \

Medical Definition of inspection

: visual observation of the body in the course of a medical examination — compare palpation sense 2

Other Words from inspection

inspect \ in-​ˈspekt How to pronounce inspect (audio) \ verb

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Legal Definition of inspection

: a careful and critical examination: as
a : a buyer's examination of goods prior to payment or acceptance especially in accordance with section 2-513 of the Uniform Commercial Code
b : an examination of articles of commerce to determine their fitness for transportation or sale
c : an investigation of an applicant for insurance
d : an examination or survey of a community, of premises, of a facility, or of a vehicle by an authorized person (as to determine compliance with regulations or susceptibility to fire or other hazards) specifically : administrative search at search
e : examination of documents, things, or property for purposes of making discovery for trial

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