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INSPEC'TION, noun [Latin inspectio.]

1. A looking on or into; prying examination; close or careful survey; as the divine inspection into the affairs of the world.

2. Watch; guardianship; as a youth placed at school under the inspection of a friend.

3. Superintendence; oversight. The fortifications are to be executed under the inspection of an officer of the army.

4. Official view; a careful viewing and examining of commodities or manufactures, to ascertain their quality; as the inspection of flour.

5. Official examination, as of arms, to see that they are in good order for service.