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sərˈveɪ ləns, -ˈveɪl yənssurveil·lance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surveillance(noun)

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

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. surveiller to watch over; sur over + veiller to watch, L. vigilare. See Sur-, and Vigil.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surveillance

    sur-vel′yans, n. a being vigilant or watchful: inspection.—adj. Surveill′ant. [Fr.,—surveillersur, over—L. super, veiller, to watch—L. vigilāre.]

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surveillance in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surveillance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of surveillance in a Sentence

  1. Rachel Logan:

    The government has managed to bluff their way out of this, retreating into closed hearings and constantly playing the 'national security' card, the government's entire defence has amounted to 'trust us' and now the tribunal has said the same. Since we only know about the scale of such surveillance thanks to Snowden, and given that 'national security' has been recklessly bandied around, 'trust us' isn't enough.

  2. Matt Cagle:

    This proposal invites dragnet surveillance that history shows will disproportionately harm immigrants, communities of color, and activists, and it invites profit-seeking firms to violate Facebook and Twitter rules designed to keep users safe, treating social media users like suspects won't make us more safe, but it will make us less free.

  3. Evan Greer:

    Amazon is going to get someone killed by recklessly marketing this dangerous and invasive surveillance technology to goverments, facial recognition already automates and exacerbates police abuse, profiling and discrimination. Now Amazon is setting us on a path where armed goverment agents could make split-second decisions based on a flawed algorithms cold testimony.

  4. Cheryl Furler:

    About three dozen police vehicles, including an armored truck, and four ambulances responded to the shooting. The Whitehall and Allentown police departments, and Pennsylvania State Police troopers, were on the scene, The Morning Call reported. No arrests havebeen made as of Sunday, and no motive behind the shooting was released. Investigatorswerereviewing surveillance footage in hopes of identifying a suspect. Authorities called for anyone in the mall at the time of the shooting who may have cell phone video of the incident to contact police. NEARLY 100 PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT ABOLISH ICE PROTESTS IN NYC Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Lukes University Hospital were put on alert in case anyone injured left the mall undetected before law enforcement arrived, The Morning Call reported. Allentown Police Capt.Mike Becker told The Associated Press that Allentown Police Capt.Mike Becker department was assisting Whitehall Township Police but had no other information to share. Cheryl Furler, an employee at Bath Body Works, told WFMZ that Cheryl Furler and about 50 other people barricaded themselves in the stockroom. We took filing cabinets and pushed them up against the doors.

  5. Kendra Viner:

    Then it’s also improving surveillance across the board of this disease.

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