Origin of surveying
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun, plural sur·veys.
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|David Freedlander|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.|Kristen Rouse|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, she brings the talk back to Burger Chef, and the surveying she did in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
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|Abby Haglage|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Surveying the other machines, you recognize the pilot of each by the marks on its side—or by the way he flies.Aircraft and Submarines|Willis J. Abbot.
Surveying the completed toilette in her glass Katrine first smirked and then sighed.An Unknown Lover|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It is then that the surveying party begins to have its thrills.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
Again she was silent, surveying him with a smile that he thought was unpleasantly cynical.Thirty|Howard Vincent O'Brien
Both of them turned at Douglas's entrance, surveying the son of the house with an evident and eager curiosity.Lady Connie|Mrs. Humphry Ward
verb (sɜːˈveɪ, ˈsɜːveɪ)
- a body of surveyors
- an area surveyed
Word Origin for survey
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.