Origin of surveying
- to take a general or comprehensive view of or appraise, as a situation, area of study, etc.
- to view in detail, especially to inspect, examine, or appraise formally or officially in order to ascertain condition, value, etc.
- to conduct a survey of or among: to survey TV viewers.
- to determine the exact form, boundaries, position, extent, etc., of (a tract of land, section of a country, etc.) by linear and angular measurements and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry.
- to survey land; practice surveying.
- an act or instance of surveying or of taking a comprehensive view of something: The course is a survey of Italian painting.
- a formal or official examination of the particulars of something, made in order to ascertain condition, character, etc.
- a statement or description embodying the result of this: They presented their survey to the board of directors.
- a sampling, or partial collection, of facts, figures, or opinions taken and used to approximate or indicate what a complete collection and analysis might reveal: The survey showed the percentage of the population that planned to vote.
- the act of determining the exact form, boundaries, position, etc., as of a tract of land or section of a country, by linear measurements, angular measurements, etc.
- the plan or description resulting from such an operation.
- an agency for making determinations: U.S. Geological Survey.
Origin of survey
Examples from the Web for surveying
By refusing to even acknowledge that there was a campaign kept major polling and media organizations from surveying the race.Andrew Cuomo Can't Ignore It Now: He's Weak Even at Home
September 10, 2014
Then he pauses and looks up, doing a quick bout of surveying in his head.John Lithgow and Alfred Molina's 'Love Is Strange' Is the Love Story of the Year
August 20, 2014
Were they checking in on conditions at the hospital and surveying local veterans?The VA Crisis Can’t Be Solved by Washington, D.C. Alone. Local Authorities Need to Step Up.
June 9, 2014
Then, she brings the talk back to Burger Chef, and the surveying she did in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.Mad Men’s ‘The Strategy,’ With Peggy and Don’s Late-Night Powwow, is S7’s Best Episode (So Far)
May 19, 2014
ADAM hit its peak in the 2000s, surveying arrestees in 35 counties and inspiring international survey of the same kind.Gov't Abandons Best Survey for Counting U.S. Drug Users
April 8, 2014
I can afford to give Jim more than he can make at surveying.Hetty's Strange History
"They haven't found us yet," said Morgan, surveying the looped end of the rope ladder.Slaves of Mercury
Surveying this in the glass, however, he became perceptibly reconciled.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
“They are there,” said I, surveying from my vantage-ground the thinning ranks.
Von Francius turned, surveying me from head to foot, with a smile.
- the study or practice of measuring altitudes, angles, and distances on the land surface so that they can be accurately plotted on a map
- the setting out on the ground of the positions of proposed construction or engineering works
- (tr) to view or consider in a comprehensive or general wayto survey the situation
- (tr) to examine carefully, as or as if to appraise valueto survey oneself in a mirror
- to plot a detailed map of (an area of land) by measuring or calculating distances and height
- British to inspect a building to determine its condition and value
- to examine a vessel thoroughly in order to determine its seaworthiness
- (tr) to run a statistical survey on (incomes, opinions, etc)
- a comprehensive or general viewa survey of English literature
- a critical, detailed, and formal inspectiona survey of the nation's hospitals
- British an inspection of a building to determine its condition and value
- a report incorporating the results of such an inspection
- a body of surveyors
- an area surveyed
- statistics a random sample
Word Origin and History for surveying
late 14c. "to consider, contemplate" (implied in surveyance), from Old French surveeir, from Medieval Latin supervidere "oversee" (see supervise). Meaning "examine the condition of" is from mid-15c. That of "to take linear measurements of a tract of ground" is recorded from 1540s. Related: Surveyed; surveying.
late 15c., survei, "oversight, supervision," from survey (v.). The meaning "act of viewing in detail" is from 1540s. Meaning "systematic collection of data on opinions, etc." is attested from 1927.