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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Boeing has reportedly taken further steps to correct the situation, including more inspections and training for employees on the aircraft assembly line. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Stops Deliveries of Trash-Filled KC-46 Tankers Yet Again," 3 Apr. 2019 The agency said new regulations that include farm inspections and sanitary rules for workers also should help stem outbreaks. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Emails show FDA worry after romaine outbreaks," 29 Mar. 2019 Waymo is hiring technicians responsible for performing vehicle inspections and repairs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Self-driving cars will destroy a lot of jobs—they’ll also create a lot," 24 Aug. 2018 Limiting the amount of inspection and tweaking needed between re-flights could significantly up the cost savings that SpaceX gets from reusing its rockets. Loren Grush, The Verge, "One of SpaceX’s powerful new Falcon 9 rockets is going on its second mission tonight," 6 Aug. 2018 Internally, the agency has long monitored care at its nursing facilities through quality indicators and unannounced inspections and, since 2016, through star rankings based on the indicators. USA TODAY, "Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public," 17 June 2018 The owners of a new hotel usually seek a city operating license after construction and building inspections are largely done, said Greg Hanis, an industry consultant. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WoodSpring Suites seeks license for first Milwaukee hotel as long battle enters new front," 29 June 2018 Building inspections are done on a set schedule, or cycle, citywide. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Columbia University Is Cited for a Cracked Building Facade, Inviting Memories of a 1979 Death," 4 June 2018 However, government emails and bus inspection records show that multiple agencies have confronted the company on quality and range issues. Paige St. John, latimes.com, "Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses," 20 May 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

noun
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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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