Definitions of survey

  1. consider in a comprehensive way; " He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
  2. hold a review ( of troops)
  3. short descriptive summary ( of events)
  4. the act of looking or seeing or observing; " he tried to get a better view of it"; " his survey of the battlefield was limited"
  5. a detailed critical inspection
  6. keep under surveillance; " The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
  7. plot a map of ( land)
  8. make a survey of; for statistical purposes
  9. look over in a comprehensively, inspect; " He surveyed his new classmates"
  10. 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.
  11. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Systematic gathering of data for a particular purpose from various sources, including questionnaires, interviews, observation, existing records, and electronic devices. The process is usually preliminary to statistical analysis of the data.
  19. The act of examining carefully, or of determining the features of, as of land; a careful view or examination; a measured plan and description of any portion of country, etc.
  20. To inspect, or take a view of; as, to survey the landscape; to look at closely; as, she surveyed me coldly; examine closely; as, to survey a subject or a building; measure and determine the features of, as land.
  21. Surveyed.
  22. Surveying.
  23. To see or look over: to inspect: to superintend: to examine: to measure and estimate, as land.
  24. Oversight: view: examination: the measuring of land, or of a country.
  25. To look over; contemplate; view; measure and estimate, as land.
  26. View; exploration; measurement; plan.
  27. To view in its entirety; scrutinize; inspect; measure, as land.
  28. The operation of surveying; a comprehensive view; inspection.
  29. An attentive view; a particular view and examination of anything; surveying; a district for the collection of the customs. Trigonometrical survey, a survey on a large scale by means of a series of triangles.
  30. To inspect or take a view of; to view with attention, as from a height; to examine; to measure, as land; to examine and ascertain particularly.
  31. To overlook; to inspect; to view with attention, as from a height; to oversee; to measure, as land; to examine attentively a district of country with the view of determining its area, the distances between the most prominent objects, the best possible track for a railway or canal, & c.
  32. An attentive view; an examination of all the parts and particulars; the operation in examining attentively a district of country, a line of coast, a sea, & c., with the view of determining distances, the bearing of objects, & c.

Usage examples for survey

  1. The day continued blue and bright and cold, and the Marches gave the morning to a rapid survey of the city, glad that it was at least not wet. – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  2. A short survey showed him this. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  3. Rames's survey of her had brought back to her recollection that distant morning by the wheat- field in South America when her father had looked her over horribly from head to foot and had valued her for a market. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  4. The question demanded a survey of his actual position of which he was at the moment incapable. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  5. Then he climbed the water- trough for a better survey – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  6. Names of the common rocks will be used with the general commercial significance given them by the United States Geological Survey in its mineral resource reports. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  7. Terascons purchased the greater part of the lots embraced in the survey and to their enterprizing endeavors did the town owe its rise. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  8. In such wise a sweeping survey of the physical universe may be thought in the terms of natural science. – The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry
  9. At any moment the dog might open his eyes, and, in that case, he would certainly not be content with a survey of the situation. – From the Easy Chair, series 3 by George William Curtis
  10. A fascinating and suggestive survey – Chaucer and His Times by Grace E. Hadow
  11. Finally, with the lighted candle in her hand, the Girl made a quick survey of the room to see that nothing was in sight that would betray her lover's presence there, and then throwing open the door she took up such a position by it that it made it impossible for anyone to get past her without using force. – The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
  12. And thus I conclude my survey of the practical working of the Act of Union. – The New Irish Constitution by J. H. Morgan
  13. He therefore resumed his survey of the scene around him; and which presented appearances highly satisfactory, judging from the expression which now and then animated his countenance. – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  14. When he had finished his survey he sat down and shook his head. – Mrs. Cliff's Yacht by Frank R. Stockton
  15. One thing we'd better do is start a survey of the entire cone, above the level where our shots give us information. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  16. If you stick to the Survey went on Field, and come to be the head of a party, particularly in wild country, you will see how necessary it is to do just what you're told instead of trying to run the thing your own way. – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  17. One can't survey a man too well when lying on one's back; but something in the glance and more that I gave him, struck him as being so odd that he sat up and stared at me. – The Lost Valley by J. M. Walsh
  18. " This," taking up a song of Sullivan's, after a rapid survey of the pile of music lying on one side. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  19. 1: 31. But if he took so much delight in the general survey of his works, how much greater pleasure must he take in man, whom he created after his own image. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  20. The other bullock as yet appears to stay contented; he came up during the night and took a survey of his dead companion and quietly returned to his feed. – McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia by John McKinlay