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 Workers for Amplify Energy, which owns the platform, noticed a sheen in the water while doing a line inspection Saturday morning and notified the Coast Guard, Amplify CEO Martyn Willsher said during a press conference Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 The $16 million deposit becomes nonrefundable after the 60-day inspection period. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Oct. 2021 Utilizing software to oversee all the hardware that legacy manufacturers focused on, intelligent automation can now tackle the assembly and inspection steps that were historically too difficult for machines to carry out. Amar Hanspal, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 It was fixed upon re-inspection in March 2017, according to the records. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2021 Behind the cultivation room—out of the public eye—will be a control center, a food science lab, quality control and inspection areas, and a fabrication room for machining and tooling. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 The city is reviewing splash pad equipment, supplies, maintenance and water quality inspection policies, as well as safety training and protocol for park personnel. al, 28 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, Boca Raton has already put in place one of the strongest building inspection laws in Florida. Lisa J. Huriash,, 17 Sep. 2021 In some ways, Miami-Dade County, which includes Surfside, has some of the strictest building inspection rules in Florida. Casey Tolan And Curt Devine, CNN, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of inspection

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

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“Inspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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 inspection (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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