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Ordnance Survey

noun
1.
the official map-making body of the British or Irish government
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  • He quitted Edinburgh in 1824, and was given a post in the ordnance survey.

  • There are many excellent maps issued, but it is best to go to the fountainhead, to the publications of the ordnance survey.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • The highest point is at the upper or north-east extremity, stated by the ordnance survey to be 1850 feet above the sea.

    Lancashire

    Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • The ordnance survey maps in England are somewhat of an approach thereto, but they are in no way as interesting to study.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • It is, according to the ordnance survey, 637 feet high, and its position gives it an appearance of even greater eminence.

  • Many of the signs used by the ordnance survey are ready to hand, and these can often be used to designate plant associations.

    The Essentials of Illustration T. G. (Thomas George) Hill
  • It was moved by the ordnance survey from the higher ground, heedless of the warning engraved on it.

  • Be able to measure a gradient, contours, conventional signs of ordnance survey and scales.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
  • On leaving college in 1824 he received a post in the ordnance survey, but gradually drifted into engineering work.

  • (it is not, I believe, marked on the ordnance survey;) and would it be possible to traverse it at the present time?

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