inspection

noun
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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Find out when inspections are required At various stages during the project, an inspector needs to come onsite to verify the work follows the plans and meets codes. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "A Newbie’s Guide To The Permits Needed For Remodeling," 26 Dec. 2018 But the difference is that financial networks keep records of all transactions that are available for inspection by both customers and banks. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting," 7 Aug. 2018 Lawmakers last year nearly unanimously approved stricter, annual inspection requirements for amusement park rides that set qualifications for the inspectors and required parks to report injuries and deaths to the state. CBS News, "Verruckt waterslide, where 10-year-old boy died in 2016, to come down, park says," 12 July 2018 In the Turpin case, the family registered with the state to home-school their children, which should have prompted a mandatory inspection by the local fire department. NBC News, "Child abuse case in California spotlights lack of oversight of home schooling," 17 May 2018 Inspectors for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have started to embargo products that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, during regular, periodic restaurant inspections. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "NYC Cracks Down on Businesses Selling CBD-Infused Food and Drinks," 5 Feb. 2019 Once the mechanicals have passed inspection, and outer walls are properly insulated, the next step depends on the project. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "How Long It Takes To Renovate Every Single Room In Your House," 26 Dec. 2018 Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Large roaches, moldy turkey close down Philly eateries | Clean Plates," 2 July 2018 At first glance, not much seems to have changed in the new convertibles, but upon closer inspection, Samsung has made some changes that will (hopefully) make the new devices worth their inevitably high price tags. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of inspection

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

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inspection

noun

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

inspection

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

Kids Definition of inspection

: the act of examining closely or officially

inspection

noun
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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inspection

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in·​spec·​tion

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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