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Meaning of SURVEY

Pronunciation:  'sur`vey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a detailed critical inspection
  2. [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"
  3. [n]  short descriptive summary (of events)
  4. [v]  consider in a comprehensive way; "He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
  5. [v]  plot a map of (land)
  6. [v]  make a survey of; for statistical purposes
  7. [v]  hold a review (of troops)
  8. [v]  look over in a comprehensively, inspect; "He surveyed his new classmates"
  9. [v]  keep under surveillance; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"

SURVEY is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.).
  2. \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.