in·spec·tion | \in-ˈspek-shən \

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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That can cost tens of thousands of dollars and typically requires a re-inspection every two years. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Hospitals fear Parson budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients," 13 July 2018 Inspectors ordered the violations be fixed by April 8, but the city failed to schedule a follow-up inspection until last week — after the Journal Sentinel asked whether repairs had been made. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 Archaeologists found a giant granite sarcophagus while carrying out a routine land inspection in Alexandria, Egypt, according to a Facebook post from the ministry of antiquities. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 2018 During a post-accident inspection, engineers found evidence of previous derailments on the nearly 40-year-old coaster, including one that appeared to have taken place after it was refurbished in 2013, officials said in a preliminary report. Michael Williams,, "Daytona Beach roller coaster derailed due to excessive speed, operator error, investigation finds," 11 July 2018 Senior volunteers will perform a security inspection outside the home, checking doors, windows and garages to ensure they’re locked. Alex Riggins,, "Sheriff's Department offers free home checks for residents on vacation," 5 July 2018 Media: Orlando Sentinel The courthouse is awaiting a fire inspection before opening to the public. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Spring courthouse set to reopen in July," 29 June 2018 Neither of the escape attempts were reported to the Department of Corrections, as is mandated, according to a state inspection of the facility performed in January. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Harvey repairs jail ceiling that escapees fell through, but other problems remain, officers say," 15 June 2018 Its most recent problems surfaced in 2015 after the station owners failed to conduct a critical 10-year inspection as required. Vinny Vella,, "Fire marshal: Fatal Bensalem blast was accidentally triggered by shop-vac," 14 June 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of inspection

: the act of examining closely or officially


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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 \ 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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