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noun 
  1. The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
"Under his proud survey the city lies." -Sir J. Denham.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Translations: 
  • French: reconnaissance(fr)
verb 
  1. 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." -Milton.
  1. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
"With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round." -Dryden.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Translations: 
  • French: inspecter
  • Spanish: informe, estudio de mercado
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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)


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