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 Damage on the inside of the tire is harder to spot and might require a trip to a tire store for an expert’s inspection. Nerd Wallet, cleveland, "Tire care basics: 5 times you might need new tires," 9 Jan. 2021 OMDC facility staff were commended by ODO for their responsiveness during this inspection. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Inspection of Otay Mesa Detention Center finds deficiencies, including medical care," 29 Dec. 2020 During an inspection in November, officials said the 90-year-old Parkway Bridge was no longer safe to drive on. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Ile community tries to win Mega Millions jackpot to fix bridge," 23 Jan. 2021 The complaint triggered an inspection of Gutierrez’s property. Brian Chasnoff,, "‘Everything was there and then it wasn’t’: Developers allowed to skirt tree ordinance," 21 Jan. 2021 Although early results from the testing sites raised questions as to the accuracy of TestUtah’s tests, and federal regulators found more than 20 violations in an inspection of TestUtah’s lab, Nomi has secured millions more in state contracts. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah pharmacist central to hydroxychloroquine controversy pleads guilty in federal court," 15 Jan. 2021 But authorities closed about 1,000 cases without an inspection, the OSHA records show. Lance Williams, Los Angeles Times, "Diaper masks, close quarters: Fast-food restaurants have struggled to protect workers from COVID-19," 15 Jan. 2021 Damage on the inside of the tire is harder to spot and might require a trip to a tire store for an expert’s inspection. Nerd Wallet, cleveland, "Tire care basics: 5 times you might need new tires," 9 Jan. 2021 Those companies are using that information to create complicated algorithms based on recent local sales of comparable properties that enable them to quickly determine the value of a property without an initial visual inspection. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Scramble is back on to become Amazon of home sales," 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of inspection

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

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The first known use of inspection was in the 14th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Inspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 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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