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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scrutiny mean? 

  The noun SCRUTINY has 2 senses:

1. the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
2. a prolonged intense look

  Familiarity information: SCRUTINY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1scrutiny [BACK TO TOP]


The act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


examination; scrutiny

Hypernyms ("scrutiny" is a kind of...):

investigating; investigation (the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "scrutiny"):

audit (a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation)

keratoscopy (examination of the cornea with a keratoscope to detect irregularities in its anterior surface)

rhinoscopy (examination of the nasal passages (either through the anterior nares or with a rhinoscope through the nasopharynx))

scan (the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region)

search (boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas)

study; survey (a detailed critical inspection)

testing (an examination of the characteristics of something)

motion study; time and motion study; time study; time-and-motion study; time-motion study; work study (an analysis of a specific job in an effort to find the most efficient method in terms of time and effort)

inspection; review (a formal or official examination)

endoscopy (visual examination of the interior of a hollow body organ by use of an endoscope)

palpation; tactual exploration (a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional))

autopsy; necropsy; PM; post-mortem; post-mortem examination; postmortem; postmortem examination (an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease)

checkup; health check; medical; medical checkup; medical exam; medical examination (a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person)

comparing; comparison (examining resemblances or differences)

fine-tooth comb; fine-toothed comb (a method of examining in minute detail)

follow-up; followup; reexamination; review (a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment)

going-over (a careful and thorough inspection)

look-over; once-over (a swift cursory examination or inspection)

ophthalmoscopy (examination of the interior of an eye using an ophthalmoscope)

bank examination (an examination of the affairs and records of a bank by a state or federal bank examiner)

Sense 2scrutiny [BACK TO TOP]


A prolonged intense look

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("scrutiny" is a kind of...):

look; looking; looking at (the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually)

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