- The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
- "Under his proud survey the city lies." -Sir J. 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.
- 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.
Etymology: (term, surveoir), (term, surveer) (French (term, surveiller)), from (term, sur), (term, sor, , over), (term, sur) + (term, veoir), (term, veeir, , to see), (term, voir), (term, videre). See (term, sur-) and (term, vision)
- "Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above." -Milton.
- To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
- "With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round." -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.
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