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Pronunciation:  ub'zurvu`towree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
  2. [n]  a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena

OBSERVATORY is a 11 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: lookout, lookout station, observation tower
 See Also: building, construction, edifice, observation dome, structure, widow's walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob*serv"a*to*ry\, n.; pl. {Observatories}. [Cf. F.
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

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. --Farrow.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an observatory in your dream means your high goals and aspirations.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: astronomical observatory, astronomical telescope, beacon, belvedere, bleachers, bridge, Cassegrainian telescope, coelostat, conning tower, coronagraph, coronograph, gallery, gazebo, grandstand, heliostat, lighthouse, lookout, loophole, Newtonian telescope, OAO, observation post, orrery, OSO, outlook, overlook, peanut gallery, peephole, pharos, planetarium, radar telescope, radio observatory, radio telescope, reflector, refractor, ringside, ringside seat, sighthole, spectrograph, spectroheliograph, spectrohelioscope, spectroscope, telescope, Texas tower, top gallery, tower, watchtower