Definition of Survey

1. Noun. A detailed critical inspection.

Exact synonyms: Study
Generic synonyms: Examination, Scrutiny
Specialized synonyms: Resurvey
Derivative terms: Study, Study

2. Verb. Consider in a comprehensive way. "He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
Exact synonyms: Appraise
Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study

3. Noun. Short descriptive summary (of events).
Exact synonyms: Resume, Sketch
Generic synonyms: Sum-up, Summary
Derivative terms: Resume, Sketch, Sketchy

4. Verb. Look over carefully or inspect. "The customs agents survey the bags for drugs "; "He surveyed his new classmates"
Entails: Look
Generic synonyms: Examine, See
Specialized synonyms: Overlook

5. Noun. The act of looking or seeing or observing. "His survey of the battlefield was limited"
Exact synonyms: Sight, View
Generic synonyms: Look, Looking, Looking At
Specialized synonyms: Eyeful
Derivative terms: Sight, View

6. Verb. Keep under surveillance. "They want to survey the prisoners "; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
Exact synonyms: Follow, Surveil
Related verbs: Follow, Pursue

7. Verb. Hold a review (of troops).
Exact synonyms: Go Over, Review
Generic synonyms: Inspect
Derivative terms: Review

8. Verb. Make a survey of; for statistical purposes.
Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study
Specialized synonyms: Canvas, Canvass, Poll
Derivative terms: Surveyor

9. Verb. Plot a map of (land).
Entails: Measure, Quantify
Generic synonyms: Calculate, Cipher, Compute, Cypher, Figure, Reckon, Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Triangulate
Derivative terms: Surveying, Surveyor

Definition of Survey

1. v. t. 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.

2. n. The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.

Definition of Survey

1. Noun. The act of surveying; a general view, as from above. ¹

2. Noun. 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. ¹

3. Noun. 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. ¹

4. Verb. 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. ¹

5. Verb. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine. ¹

6. Verb. 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. ¹

7. Verb. 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 measurements, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey land or a coast. ¹

8. Verb. 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. ¹

9. Verb. To dispose of after determining that something is no longer useful for its intended purpose (military) "'''Surveyed''' Old Rope." -William Bligh. ¹

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Definition of Survey

1. to determine the boundaries, area, or elevations of by measuring angles and distances [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Survey

surveillance camera
surveillance of disease
surveillance system
survey (current term)
survey meter
survey meters
survey monument
survey monuments

Literary usage of Survey

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"survey 37:148 N 11 '16 Summer play in spite of an epidemic. ... survey 35: 53:134-5 Jl 15 '16 Catholic laymen on the charities controversy. survey 36:446 Jl ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Armstrong on progress In astronomical dept. of trigonometrical survey. ... GEOLOGICAL survey Hitchcock Surrey 1830-1844 Apptd. June 2B, under Resolves of ..."

3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1917)
"School and Soc 5:171-3 P JO 41 Educational survey of Wyoming. ... survey 37: 278 D 9 '16 Learning for earning or for life? WD Lane. survey 38:18-19 Ap 7 '17 ..."

4. Code of Federal Regulations, Containing a Codification of Documents of by Federal Register Division, United States Federal Register Division, United States (1907)
"July 6, 1905 4, 000 Soil survey of the San Antonio Area, Texas. ... September 26, 1905 4000 Soil survey of the Booneville Area, Indiana. ..."

5. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"Table 5.4 Topics covered by the national survey of the natural environment (Green Census) Theme Sub-category Name of survey Land Plants Vegetation ..."

6. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"Returning to his survey duties, he resumed work on the Indus series, which was completed in 1800, and he was afterwards employed in the Jogi Tila meridional ..."

7. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1886)
"Punjab survey. Index to the survey Operations in the Punjab.—NW Provinces survey. Indes to the Cadastral survey of Dehra Dun.—NW Provinces. ..."

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