3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Survey \Sur"vey\, noun [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. Denham.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Survey \Sur*vey"\, verb (used with an object) [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.).

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a detailed critical inspection [syn: {survey}, {study}]

2: short descriptive summary (of events) [syn: {sketch}, {survey}, {resume}]

3: the act of looking or seeing or observing; "he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited" [syn: {view}, {survey}, {sight}]


1: consider in a comprehensive way; "He appraised the situation carefully before acting" [syn: {survey}, {appraise}]

2: look over carefully or inspect; "He surveyed his new classmates"

3: keep under surveillance; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing" [syn: {surveil}, {follow}, {survey}]

4: hold a review (of troops) [syn: {review}, {go over}, {survey}]

5: make a survey of; for statistical purposes

6: plot a map of (land)

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