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sərˈveɪ ləns, -ˈveɪl yənssur·veil·lance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surveillancenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. surveillancenoun

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

  2. surveillancenoun

    Continuous monitoring of disease occurrence for example

  3. surveillancenoun

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

  4. surveillancenoun

    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. Surveillancenoun

    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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Numerology

  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. Paul Ryan:

    The( Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) requests are legitimate oversight requests, so it is wholly appropriate for the document requests that our committees of jurisdiction have made because Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has been within the entire scope of the investigation form the get-go.

  2. Christopher Wray:

    Further, the FBI 302 indicated that Flynn apparently was aware his communications had been monitored, and at several points he thanks the The FBI agents for reminding him of some of his conversations with Russian officials. A Washington Post article published one day before Flynns White House interview with the agents, citing The FBI sources, publicly revealed that The FBI had wiretapped Flynns calls with Sergey Kislyak and cleared Sergey Kislyak of any criminal conduct. It was unclear who leaked that information to Washington Post -- or why The FBI would need to question Flynn about Sergey Kislyak contacts given that the bureau had already recorded them. FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. ( AP Photo/Alex Brandon Van Grack, File) Christopher Wray, earlier this year, suggested in testimony that several agentscould be under internal investigationby The FBI. As for current employees, there are what I would call more line-level employees who were involved in some of the events in the report, all of those employees were referred to our Office of Professional Responsibility, which is our disciplinary arm.

  3. Airbus Defense:

    Zephyr can provide persistent surveillance and can cover wide areas because it flies very high. That is definitely one element of future solutions on maritime.

  4. White House:

    I was talking about surveillance generally, but people are going to fit that the way they want to fit it.

  5. Rosemont Police Sgt. Joe Balogh:

    There’s pretty good camera surveillance inside the mall, so they’re reviewing all that, there’s a lot of witnesses that were in the area that we’re trying to hunt down and ones that we’ve talked to already.

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