Definitions for surveillancesərˈveɪ ləns, -ˈveɪl yəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sur•veil•lancesərˈveɪ ləns, -ˈveɪl yəns(n.)

  1. a watch kept over someone or something, esp. over a suspect, prisoner, etc.:

    under police surveillance.

  2. supervision or superintendence.

Origin of surveillance:

1790–1800; < F, =surveill(er) to watch over (sur-sur -1+veiller < L vigilāre to watch

Princeton's WordNet

  1. surveillance(noun)

    close observation of a person or group (usually by the police)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. surveillance(noun)ərˈveɪ ləns, -ˈveɪl yəns

    the activity of watching sb closely to find out what they are doing

    Police had the gang leaders under surveillance.

Wiktionary

  1. surveillance(Noun)

    Close observation of an individual or group; person or persons under suspicion

  2. surveillance(Noun)

    Continuous monitoring of disease occurrence for example

  3. surveillance(Noun)

    Systematic observation of places and people by visual, aural, electronic, photographic or other means.

  4. surveillance(Noun)

    In criminal law, an investigation process by which police gather evidence about crimes, or suspected crime, through continued observation of persons or places.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surveillance(noun)

    oversight; watch; inspection; supervision

Freebase

  1. Surveillance

    Surveillance is the monitoring of the behavior, activities, or other changing information, usually of people for the purpose of influencing, managing, directing, or protecting. Surveillance can be the observation of individuals or groups by government organizations but can also relate to disease surveillance, which monitors the progress of a disease in a community while not directly observing individuals. The word surveillance is the French word for "watching over"; "sur" means "from above" and "veiller" means "to watch". The inverse of surveillance is sousveillance. The word surveillance may be applied to observation from a distance by means of electronic equipment, or interception of electronically transmitted information. It may also refer to simple, relatively no- or low-technology methods such as human intelligence agents and postal interception. Surveillance is very useful to governments and law enforcement to maintain social control, recognize and monitor threats, and prevent/investigate criminal activity. With the advent of programs such as the Total Information Awareness program and ADVISE, technologies such as high speed surveillance computers and biometrics software, and laws such as the Communications Assistance For Law Enforcement Act, governments now possess an unprecedented ability to monitor the activities of their subjects.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. surveillance

    The systematic observation of aerospace, surface, or subsurface areas, places, persons, or things, by visual, aural, electronic, photographic, or other means. See also air surveillance; satellite and missile surveillance; sea surveillance.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

superintendence(noun)

He placed his estate under the superintendence of a manager.

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