observer

I
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [One who watches]
Syn. watcher, watchman, sentinel, lookout, sentry, guard, detective, policeman, reconnoiterer, spectator, eyewitness, beholder, onlooker, bystander, passer-by, meddler, peeper, voyeur, prying person, peeping Tom*, rubberneck*; see also spy , witness .
2. [One who offers original comment]
Syn. commentator, novelist, columnist, armchair quarterback*, drugstore cowboy*; see also author 2 , historian , writer .
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
lookout, watcher, eyewitness, spectator, onlooker, bystander, examiner.
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Someone who observes: beholder, bystander, looker-on, onlooker, spectator, watcher. See AWARENESS, SEE.

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  • observer — [ ɔpsɛrve ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • Xe; lat. observare I ♦ Se conformer de façon régulière à (une prescription). ⇒ obéir (à), respecter. « il faut observer certaines règles, certaines formules » (Joubert). « Une des seules coutumes de l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Observer — may refer to person who is observing. More specialised meanings follow. Contents 1 Computer science and information theory 2 Fiction 3 Music 4 Physics …   Wikipedia

  • observer — OBSERVER. v. a. Accomplir, suivre ce qui est prescrit par quelque loy, par quelque regle. Observer les commandemens de Dieu. un bon Religieux doit observer sa regle. observer le silence, le jeusne &c. observer les statuts. observer les loix, les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Observer — (engl.: Beobachter oder Observator) steht für: The Observer, eine englische Zeitung The Observer (Sri Lanka), eine Zeitung in Sri Lanka Observer (Luftsport), ein Schiedsrichter bei Luftsportwettbewerben Observer (Entwurfsmuster), ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • observer — UK US /əbˈzɜːvər/ noun [C] ► a person who watches and studies what happens but has no active part in it: an observer of sth »He is close observer of the situation on Wall Street. »One industry observer noted: The car market is going through a… …   Financial and business terms

  • Observer — Ob*serv er, n. 1. One who observes, or pays attention to, anything; especially, one engaged in, or trained to habits of, close and exact observation; as, an astronomical observer. [1913 Webster] The observed of all observers. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Observer — Observer: The Observer  «Обозреватель», еженедельная английская газета, входит в группу The Guardian. См. также Наблюдатель …   Википедия

  • Observer — Observer, The a serious British Sunday newspaper which generally supports fairly ↑left wing political ideas. The Observer is owned by the same company that owns The Guardian …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • observer — [əb zʉrv′ər] n. 1. a person who observes something; specif., a) a soldier manning an observation post b) a person who attends an assembly, convention, etc., not as an official delegate but only to observe and report the proceedings c) an official …   English World dictionary

  • observer — index bystander, eyewitness, spy, witness Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • observer — (n.) 1550s, one who keeps a rule, custom, etc., agent noun from OBSERVE (Cf. observe). Meaning one who watches and takes notice is from 1580s; this is the sense of the word in many newspaper names …   Etymology dictionary

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