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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No biological material was held in the sanitary inspection room where the explosion occurred, and no structural damage was caused to the concrete laboratory building, the center added. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Gas Explosion at Russian Lab That Holds Ebola and Smallpox Samples," 17 Sep. 2019 The blast occurred Monday during repair work of a sanitary inspection room at the Russian State Centre for Research on Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector, near the Russian city of Novosibirsk in Siberia, the center said in a statement. Helen Regan, CNN, "Explosion and fire break out at Russian lab known for housing deadly smallpox virus," 17 Sep. 2019 The unboxed coconuts can be sent almost anywhere, except to Australia and New Zealand where, even though the coconuts bear an agricultural inspection stamp, foreign produce is strictly regulated. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mail carrier delivers an unusual object to San Diego Opera," 16 Sep. 2019 Businesses have regulations, compliance departments, and inspections. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture," 16 Sep. 2019 An exception may be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at West Premium Gate 21 and East Gate 81. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Alabama football fans: Things to do in Columbia if you’re catching the South Carolina game," 13 Sep. 2019 Final inspections by state and local officials will be needed before the project is finished. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 Southern California Edison will begin performing aerial inspections in high fire risk areas such as La Cañada Flintridge and Altadena throughout the latter part of September, officials report. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Locals may see helicopters overhead as SoCal Edison performs aerial inspections," 13 Sep. 2019 James Hall, a former NTSB chairman, told The Associated Press a preliminary report is generally a summary of the early findings that relies on interviews, inspection documents and other records and a review of current maritime rules and regulations. CBS News, "NTSB preliminary report says all crewmembers were asleep during deadly California boat fire," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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