[ ser-vey-ing ]
/ sərˈveɪ ɪŋ /


the science or scientific method of making surveys of land.
the occupation of one who makes land surveys.
the act of one who surveys: The surveying required nearly two days.

Origin of surveying

1425–75; late Middle English: act of examining closely; see survey, -ing1

Definition for surveying (2 of 2)

[ verb ser-vey; noun sur-vey, ser-vey ]
/ verb sərˈveɪ; noun ˈsɜr veɪ, sərˈveɪ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to survey land; practice surveying.

noun, plural sur·veys.

Origin of survey

1425–75; late Middle English surveien (v.) < Anglo-French surveier, Middle French surv(e)ier, surveoir to oversee, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + v(e)ier < Latin vidēre to see

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British Dictionary definitions for surveying (1 of 2)

/ (sɜːˈveɪɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for surveying (2 of 2)


verb (sɜːˈveɪ, ˈsɜːveɪ)

noun (ˈsɜːveɪ)

Derived forms of survey

surveyable, adjective

Word Origin for survey

C15: from French surveoir, from sur- 1 + veoir to see, from Latin vidēre
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