survey[sər vā′; also, and for n. usually, sʉr′vā′]
- A survey is defined as a thorough examination, or the process of measuring land in order to find out its boundaries.
- An example of a survey is a company asking people on the street to do a taste test of two different sodas to help with product development.
- An example of a survey is the result of someone measuring a piece of property to determine its lot size.
- The definition of survey is to carefully review, make a detailed report of, or measure a piece of land to find out its boundaries.
- An example of survey is a detective going over every detail of a police report.
- An example of survey is a detective making a detailed report of a criminal case.
- An example of survey is tract home developer measuring the distance of a piece of land to determine house lot sizes.
- to examine for some specific purpose; inspect or consider carefully; review in detail
- to look at or consider, esp. in a general or comprehensive way; view
- to determine the location, form, or boundaries of (a tract of land) by measuring the lines and angles in accordance with the principles of geometry and trigonometry
- to make a survey of
Origin of surveyMiddle English surveien ; from Anglo-French surveier ; from Old French surveoir ; from sur- (see sur-) + veoir ; from Classical Latin videre, to see: see vision
- a detailed study or inspection, as by gathering information through observations, questionnaires, etc. and analyzing it
- a general view; comprehensive study or examination: a survey of Italian art
- the process of surveying a tract of land
- a tract surveyed
- a plan or written description of this
verbsur·veyed, sur·vey·ing, sur·veys
- a. To look over the parts, features, or contents of; view broadly: surveyed the neighborhood from a rooftop; surveyed the shelves in the pantry.b. To look at or examine carefully and appraise: surveyed the storm damage. See Synonyms at see1.
- To determine the boundaries, area, or elevations of (land or structures on the earth's surface) by means of measuring angles and distances, using the techniques of geometry and trigonometry.
- Chiefly British To inspect and determine the structural condition of (a building).
- To conduct a statistical survey on: surveyed the students for music preferences.
- a. A general or comprehensive view: a survey of the battlefield.b. A careful inspection or appraisal: doing a survey of the literature on the subject.
- A gathering of a sample of data or opinions considered to be representative of a whole.
- a. The act or process of surveying a part of the earth's surface.b. A map of what has been surveyed.c. An administrative agency charged with the responsibility of surveying: the US Geological Survey.
- A document reporting the results of a survey.
Origin of surveyMiddle English surveien, from Old French surveeir, from Medieval Latin supervidēre : Latin super-, super- + Latin vidēre, to look; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
- "Under his proud survey the city lies." -Sir John Denham.
- 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.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present surveys, present participle surveying, simple past and past participle surveyed)
- 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.
- "Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above." -John Milton.
- To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
- "With such altered looks. . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round." -John Dryden.
- 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.
- 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 measurements, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey land or a coast.
- 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.
- To dispose of after determining that something is no longer useful for its intended purpose (military) "Surveyed Old Rope." -William Bligh.