What does survey mean?

Definitions for survey
sərˈveɪ; ˈsɜr veɪ, sərˈveɪsur·vey

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word survey.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. survey, study(noun)

    a detailed critical inspection

  2. sketch, survey, resume(noun)

    short descriptive summary (of events)

  3. view, survey, sight(verb)

    the act of looking or seeing or observing

    "he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited"

  4. survey, appraise(verb)

    consider in a comprehensive way

    "He appraised the situation carefully before acting"

  5. survey(verb)

    look over carefully or inspect

    "He surveyed his new classmates"

  6. surveil, follow, survey(verb)

    keep under surveillance

    "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"

  7. review, go over, survey(verb)

    hold a review (of troops)

  8. survey(verb)

    make a survey of; for statistical purposes

  9. survey(verb)

    plot a map of (land)

Wiktionary

  1. survey(Noun)

    The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.

    "Under his proud survey the city lies." -Sir John Denham.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  2. survey(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  3. survey(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  4. survey(Verb)

    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." -John Milton.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  5. survey(Verb)

    To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.

    "With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round." -John Dryden.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  6. survey(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  7. survey(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  8. survey(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

  9. survey(Verb)

    To dispose of after determining that something is no longer useful for its intended purpose (military) "Surveyed Old Rope." -William Bligh.

    Etymology: From sourveoir, surveer, from sour-, sur- + veoir, veeir, from videre. See sur- and vision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Survey(verb)

    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: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

  2. Survey(verb)

    to view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine

    Etymology: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

  3. Survey(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

  4. Survey(verb)

    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 measurments, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey land or a coast

    Etymology: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

  5. Survey(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

  6. Survey(noun)

    the act of surveying; a general view, as from above

    Etymology: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

  7. Survey(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

  8. Survey(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Survey

    sur-vā′, v.t. to see or look over: to inspect: to superintend: to examine: to measure and estimate, as land—(obs.) Surview′.—ns. Sur′vey, oversight: view: examination: the measuring of land, or of a country: general view: a description of the condition, use, &c. of property to be insured: an auction at which a farm is let for three lives: (U.S.) a district for the collection of customs under a particular officer; Survey′ing, the art of ascertaining the boundaries and superficial extent of any portion of the earth's surface; Survey′or, an overseer: a measurer of land; Survey′orship. [O. Fr. surveoir—L. super, over, vidēre, to see.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. survey

    An inspection or examination made by several practical officers into the condition of any stores belonging to a ship. Also, those important astronomical observations, soundings, and other data, collected by officers who are employed in constructing charts and plans of seas, shoals, rocks, harbours, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. survey

    To view in detail and provide a summary or report.

    The contract manager completed a site survey and is delighted to report the location is clean, tidy and neat.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 17, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1296

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1984

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Nouns Frequency: #460

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Verbs Frequency: #1020

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How to say survey in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of survey in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of survey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of survey in a Sentence

  1. Rajalingam Gunalan:

    Out of every 10 fishermen I have surveyed, 7 to 8 have been complaining of a drastic drop in their daily catch. Once this survey is completed, the government is planning to introduce aquaculture (freshwater fish farming) as a viable alternative livelihood for fishermen here.

  2. Jesse Hurwitz:

    The survey data suggest better spending on healthcare services, in particular at outpatient care facilities and other medical service providers.

  3. Deidre McPhillips:

    United States is no longer trustworthy. United States's 50 % less less trustworthy than United States was when we first started a survey back in 2016.

  4. Matthew Knight:

    In the next 10 years, we expect to begin seeing more objects like' Oumuamua. The LSST will be leaps and bounds beyond any other survey we have in terms of capability to find small interstellar visitors, we may start seeing a new object every year. That's when we'll start to know whether' Oumuamua is weird, or common. If we find 10-20 of these things and' Oumuamua still looks unusual, we'll have to reexamine our explanations.

  5. Antonio Carpio:

    Every time we send a survey ship there, Chinese coastguard vessels harass our survey ships, that's why we had to do something.

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Translations for survey

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  • مسحArabic
  • arolwgWelsh
  • Umfrage, UntersuchungGerman
  • informe, encuesta, inspeccionar, campaña topográfica, supervisiónSpanish
  • uurimaEstonian
  • بررسیPersian
  • tarkastaa, kartoitus, yleissilmäys, maanmittaus, tarkastus, tarkastella, katselmus, katsastaa, katsaus, määrittää, yleiskatsaus, tarkkaillaFinnish
  • sondage, enquête, reconnaissance, arpentage, inspecterFrench
  • tomhas, suirbhidh, tomhaisScottish Gaelic
  • 調査, 見渡す, 見回す, 見廻す, 測量Japanese
  • contemplatioLatin
  • tiro whānui, rūri, wea, rūritangaMāori
  • undersøkelseNorwegian
  • onderzoeken, rapport, rapporteren, onderzoek, enquête, inspectieDutch
  • ankieta, nadzórPolish
  • inspecionar, investigar, levantamento, supervisãoPortuguese
  • studiuRomanian
  • межевать, съёмка, осматривать, обследовать, инспектирование, обзор, исследование, обозрение, обследование, межевание, осмотр, инспектировать, обозревать, опросRussian
  • земљомерство, zemljomerstvoSerbo-Croatian
  • granskning, besiktning, inspektionSwedish
  • anketTurkish

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