Definitions of survey

  1. 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.
  2. To look over; contemplate; view; measure and estimate, as land.
  3. To view in its entirety; scrutinize; inspect; measure, as land.
  4. hold a review ( of troops)
  5. keep under surveillance; " The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
  6. plot a map of ( land)
  7. make a survey of; for statistical purposes
  8. look over in a comprehensively, inspect; " He surveyed his new classmates"
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Surveying.
  12. the act of looking or seeing or observing; " he tried to get a better view of it"; " his survey of the battlefield was limited"
  13. a detailed critical inspection
  14. 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.
  15. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Oversight: view: examination: the measuring of land, or of a country.
  24. View; exploration; measurement; plan.
  25. The operation of surveying; a comprehensive view; inspection.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.