Definitions for: Survey

[n] a detailed critical inspection
[n] the act of looking or seeing or observing; "he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited"
[n] short descriptive summary (of events)
[v] consider in a comprehensive way; "He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
[v] plot a map of (land)
[v] make a survey of; for statistical purposes
[v] hold a review (of troops)
[v] look over in a comprehensively, inspect; "He surveyed his new classmates"
[v] keep under surveillance; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sur*vey", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surveyed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Surveying.] [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E.
sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-,
and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]
1. To inspect, or take a view of; to view with attention, as
from a high place; to overlook; as, to stand on a hill,
and survey the surrounding country.

Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So
high above. --Milton.

2. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.

With such altered looks, . . . All pale and
speechless, he surveyed me round. --Dryden.

3. To examine with reference to condition, situation, value,
etc.; to examine and ascertain the state of; as, to survey
a building in order to determine its value and exposure to
loss by fire.

4. To determine the form, extent, position, etc., of, as a
tract of land, a coast, harbor, or the like, by means of
linear and angular measurments, and the application of the
principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey
land or a coast.

5. To examine and ascertain, as the boundaries and royalties
of a manor, the tenure of the tenants, and the rent and
value of the same. [Eng.] --Jacob (Law Dict.).

Sur"vey, n. [Formerly accentuated universally on the
last syllable, and still so accented by many speakers.]
1. The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.

Under his proud survey the city lies. --Sir J.

2. A particular view; an examination, especially an official
examination, of all the parts or particulars of a thing,
with a design to ascertain the condition, quantity, or
quality; as, a survey of the stores of a ship; a survey of
roads and bridges; a survey of buildings.

3. The operation of finding the contour, dimensions,
position, or other particulars of, as any part of the
earth's surface, whether land or water; also, a measured
plan and description of any portion of country, or of a
road or line through it.

Survey of dogs. See Court of regard, under Regard.

Trigonometrical survey, a survey of a portion of country by
measuring a single base, and connecting it with various
points in the tract surveyed by a series of triangles, the
angles of which are carefully measured, the relative
positions and distances of all parts being computed from
these data.

Syn: Review; retrospect; examination; prospect.

Synonyms: appraise, follow, go over, resume, review, sight, sketch, study, view

See Also: analyse, analyze, calculate, canvas, canvass, cipher, compute, cypher, examination, examine, examine, eyeful, figure, inspect, look, look, looking, looking at, measure, overlook, poll, quantify, reckon, resurvey, scrutiny, see, study, summary, triangulate, work out

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