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[in-spek-shuh n] /ɪnˈspɛk ʃən/
the act of inspecting or viewing, especially carefully or critically:
an inspection of all luggage on the plane.
formal or official viewing or examination:
an inspection of the troops.
Origin of inspection
1350-1400; Middle English inspeccio(u)n < Latin inspectiōn- (stem of inspectiō). See inspect, -ion
Related forms
inspectional, adjective
preinspection, noun
reinspection, noun
self-inspection, noun
2. See examination. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every one can judge for himself on inspection of the passage.

  • The nurses' rooms were subject to inspection, and she had pleaded a headache.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Sometimes the other chaplain held the candle in a proper position to aid his inspection.

  • I am here just now on a round of inspection, and am staying for a few days in this inn.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Here a piece of paper, similarly put up, was held out for the inspection of the girl.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
Word Origin and History for inspection

late 14c., from Old French inspeccion "inspection, examination" (13c.), from Latin inspectionem (nominative inspectio) "a looking into," noun of action from past participle stem of inspicere "look into, inspect, examine," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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inspection in Technology

A formal evaluation technique in which software requirements, design, or code are examined in detail by a person or group other than the author to detect faults, violations of development standards, and other problems.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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