from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of inspecting.
  • noun Official examination or review, as of barracks or troops.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A district subject to official inspection.
  • noun The act of inspecting; critical examination; close or careful survey; specifically, a formal or official inquiry by actual observation into the state, efficiency, safety, quality, etc., of something of special moment, as troops, police, buildings, steam-vessels, drugs, etc.
  • noun Synonyms Investigation, Search, etc. See examination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of inspecting or looking at carefully; a strict or prying examination; close or careful scrutiny; investigation.
  • noun The act of overseeing; official examination or superintendence.
  • noun (O. Eng. Law) a mode of trial in which the case was settled by the individual observation and decision of the judge upon the testimony of his own senses, without the intervention of a jury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Act of examining something, often closely.
  • noun Organization that checks that certain laws or rules are obeyed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a formal or official examination


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From Latin inspectiō ("examination, inspection"), from the verb inspectō ("I inspect"), from spectō ("I observe, I watch"), frequentive of speciō ("I look at").


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