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Inspect


INSPECT', verb transitive [Latin inspicio, inspectum; in and specio, to view.]

1. To look on; to view or oversee for the purpose of examination. It is the duty of parents to inspect the conduct or manners of their children.

2. To look into; to view and examine, for the purpose of ascertaining the quality or condition of a thing; as, to inspect potash; to inspect flour; to inspect arms.

3. To view and examine for the purpose of discovering and correcting errors; as, to inspect the press, or the proof-sheets of a book.

4. To superintend.

INSPECT', noun Close examination. [Not used.]