from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building, place, or institution designed and equipped for making observations of astronomical, meteorological, or other natural phenomena.
- n. A structure overlooking an extensive view.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A place where stars, planets and other celestial bodies are observed, usually through a telescope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place or building for making observations on the heavenly bodies.
- n. A building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series of natural phenomena.
- n. A place, as an elevated chamber, from which a view may be observed or commanded.
- n. A lookout on a flank of a battery whence an officer can note the range and effect of the fire; usually referred to as an observation post.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place or building set apart for, and fitted with instruments for making, observations of natural phenomena: as, an astronomical or a meteorological observatory.
- n. A place of observation at such an altitude as to afford an extensive view, such as a lookout-station, a signaling-station, or a belvedere.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena
- n. a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
The Abbé and I excused ourselves to Frances and Bettina, and went with the Doctor to the room which he called his observatory, where we came to the point very quickly: --
"This is what I call my observatory," said the hermit, turning to his guest.
The observatory is being touted as an instrument with many uses for many people, but it has three main goals for the near term.
And after more than a decade of work, Olin's goal of seeing the silo turned into an observatory is nearing completion.
Unlike JWST, where STScI is participating in observatory I&T, HST was had limited input from STScI until after launch.
This magnificent observatory is situated in the middle of a modern Beijing traffic machine, and is quite a view.
The observatory is still standing, although the fire is in the community of Palomar Mountain.
The first solar dynamic observatory is expected to be launched no earlier than August 2008.
I heard once that the large lenses mirrors they once used in observatory telescopes, which are often some fifteen feet across, had to be annealed for three to five years, they were so thick and large - or they would crack later and waste all the work, the casting and sanding and polishing, of making them.
Located in northwestern Mexico, this observatory is part of a larger project run by the University of Sonora Physics Department, cosmos. cifus.uson.mx/index. htm.