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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That type of inspection takes place three times a year, but always about two weeks before students’ first day of class. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll school system inspects hundreds of buses, asks drivers to heed safety advice," 2 Sep. 2019 Alaska Airlines said that plane was flown to Seattle without passengers for further inspection. Joe Viechnicki, Anchorage Daily News, "Lightning strikes Alaska Airlines jets in Southeast," 28 Aug. 2019 The discovery was made at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego, Calif., when the 37-year-old Mexican driver was flagged for a secondary inspection, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Julia Webster, Time, "Nearly 4 Tons of Marijuana Found Hidden in Jalapeño Peppers Seized in San Diego," 19 Aug. 2019 Tyson Foods, owner of that chicken plant that sprung a leak and wiped out fish along the Black Warrior River’s Mulberry Fork this year, is now asking the Trump administration to do away with a layer of USDA inspection at one of its beef plants. John Archibald |, al, "Foxy Tyson Foods wants to inspect itself," 16 Aug. 2019 John Sandweg, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told NBC News in March that border agents should never target people at the border for inspection based on their profession, including their work with asylum seekers. Julia Ainsley, NBC News, "ACLU sues U.S. border agencies over targeting of activists, lawyers at border," 23 July 2019 The team keeps it in a cheap IKEA frame, and holds it up for close inspection by visitors who tour the distillery. Alyson Krueger, Town & Country, "Sipsmith Gin is the Only Gin Served in the House of Commons," 2 July 2019 Each person submits his body for inspection, feels a stranger push and part his hair in search of lice. Earl Shorris, Harper's magazine, "El Corralón," 24 June 2019 News of the closure of the inspection of Seaburg came a day after a crane collapsed in Dallas, killing one person and injuring five others. Daniel Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "Washington state clears one of several firms involved in deadly crane collapse," 10 June 2019

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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


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 inspect (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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