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Observer vs. Viewer — What's the Difference?

Observer vs. Viewer — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Observer and Viewer

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Observer

One who observes
An observer of local customs.
Observers of religious holidays.

Viewer

One that views, especially an onlooker or spectator.

Observer

One who is sent to observe and report on events or proceedings without directly participating in them.

Viewer

Any of various optical devices used to facilitate the viewing of photographic transparencies by illuminating or magnifying them.

Observer

A crew member on a military aircraft who makes observations.
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Viewer

A person who watches television or movies
Viewers of prime-time shows.
Viewers of action movies.

Observer

A member of an armed force who watches and reports from an observation post.

Viewer

Someone who views a spectacle; an onlooker or spectator.

Observer

One who makes observations, monitors or takes notice
Most impartial observers agreed that Sampras had not served well.

Viewer

Someone who watches television.

Observer

One who adheres or follows laws, guidelines, etc.
I shall be an observer of the local customs.

Viewer

Any optical device used to view photographic slides.

Observer

A person sent as a representative, to a meeting or other function to monitor but not to participate
The UN sent many observers to the country's first elections.

Viewer

(computing) A program that displays the contents of a file.

Observer

A country or other entity which has limited participation rights within an organization.
The Vatican and Palestine have observer status at the UN.

Viewer

The manager of a colliery, who directs its workings and ventilation.

Observer

(military) A crew member on an aircraft who makes observations of enemy positions or aircraft
The only crew-member to survive the crash was the Canadian observer.

Viewer

One who views or examines.

Observer

(military) A sentry etc. manning an observation post
We waited till dusk when the observers' vision was poorest.

Viewer

A person appointed to inspect highways, fences, or the like, and to report upon the same.

Observer

One who observes, or pays attention to, anything; especially, one engaged in, or trained to habits of, close and exact observation; as, an astronomical observer.
The observed of all observers.
Careful observers may foretell the hour,By sure prognostic, when to dread a shower.

Viewer

The superintendent of a coal mine.

Observer

One who keeps any law, custom, regulation, rite, etc.; one who conforms to anything in practice.
These . . . hearkened unto observers of times.

Viewer

A close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind);
The spectators applauded the performance
Television viewers
Sky watchers discovered a new star

Observer

One who fulfills or performs; as, an observer of his promises.

Viewer

An optical device for viewing photographic transparencies

Observer

A sycophantic follower.

Observer

A person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses

Observer

An expert who observes and comments on something

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