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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ob·ser·va·to·ry /əbˈzɝvəˌtori, ˌtɔr-/

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·serv·a·to·ry n.; pl. Observatories
 1. A place or building for making observations on the heavenly bodies.
    The new observatory in Greenwich Park.   --Evelyn.
 2. A building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series of natural phenomena.
 3. A place, as an elevated chamber, from which a view may be observed or commanded.
 4. Mil. 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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical
      2: a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings [syn:
          lookout, observation tower, lookout station]