verb (used with object)
to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically:
to inspect every part of the motor.
to view or examine formally or officially:
The general inspected the troops.
to examine closely, esp for faults or errors
to scrutinize officially (a document, military personnel on ceremonial parade, etc)
1620s, from Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere “to look into” (see inspection). Related: Inspected; inspecting.
[in-spek-shuh n] /ɪnˈspɛk ʃən/ noun 1. the act of or viewing, especially carefully or critically: an inspection of all luggage on the plane. 2. formal or official viewing or examination: an inspection of the troops. n. late 14c., from Old French inspeccion “inspection, examination” (13c.), from Latin inspectionem (nominative inspectio) “a looking into,” noun of […]
noun 1. a position in military drill in which the missile chamber of a weapon is open for inspection.
- Inspection chamber
noun 1. a more formal name for manhole (sense 1)
- Inspection pit
noun 1. a hole in the floor of a garage etc from which the underside of a vehicle can be examined and serviced