Definitions for survey
sərˈveɪ; ˈsɜr veɪ, sərˈveɪsur·vey
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word survey.
a detailed critical inspection
sketch, survey, resumenoun
short descriptive summary (of events)
view, survey, sightverb
the act of looking or seeing or observing
"he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited"
consider in a comprehensive way
"He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
look over carefully or inspect
"He surveyed his new classmates"
surveil, follow, surveyverb
keep under surveillance
"The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
review, go over, surveyverb
hold a review (of troops)
make a survey of; for statistical purposes
plot a map of (land)
The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
"Under his proud survey the city lies." -Sir John Denham.
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.
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.
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.
To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
"With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round." -John Dryden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
Her stars in all their vast survey
Useless besides! John Milton.
Under his proud survey the city lies,
And like a mist beneath a hill doth rise. John Denham.
No longer letted of his prey,
He leaps up at it with enrag’d desire,
O’erlooks the neighbours with a wide survey,
And nods at ev’ry house his threat’ning fire. Dryden.
Etymology: surveoir, old French.
Round he surveys, and well might where he stood,
So high above. John Milton.
Though with those streams he no resemblance hold,
Whose foam is amber and their gravel gold;
His genuine and less guilty wealth t’explore,
Search not his bottom, but survey his shore. John Denham.
The husbandman’s self came that way,
Of custom to survey his ground,
And his trees of state incompass round. Edmund Spenser.
Early abroad he did the world survey,
As if he knew he had not long to stay. Edmund Waller.
With such alter’d looks
All pale and speechless, he survey’d me round. Dryden.
A survey is a research method used for data collection, often used to gather information or data from a targeted or specific group of people about a particular subject, usually through the use of questionnaires, interviews, or online polls. This information can include opinions, behaviors, experiences, or other information relevant to the subject at hand. Surveys can be conducted face-to-face, over the phone, through mail, or online.
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
to view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine
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
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
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
the act of surveying; a general view, as from above
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
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
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
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.
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1296
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1984
Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Nouns Frequency: #460
Rank popularity for the word 'survey' in Verbs Frequency: #1020
The numerical value of survey in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of survey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
The group who has done the Survey and captioned its report as Over half of City has COVID' think that all people are STUPID and no one can see the commission they have got for this fake survey to spread rumor
One survey found that ten percent of Americans thought Joan of Arc was Noah's wife....
This survey is the first step for us in examining, in detail, the wide range of issues currently affecting participation in golf, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence available but we conducted the survey to obtain accurate data on how much of an issue pace of play is for golfers and to give us an insight into what they see as the main factors contributing to slow rounds.
In the past twenty years, Aprils with employment report survey weeks that were five weeks after the March survey week instead of four have shown regular upside in job growth relative to the surrounding trend.
Emily Fuentes said that many of these refugees are denied food rations or have them stolen. They are also pushed out of food lines by others in the camp and endure verbal attacks on a daily basis. Despite the severity of their problems, many of the Christian and Yazidi refugees are not reporting them. The survey found that many feel that they will endure more trouble if they report the incidents to officials. Only 17 percent of respondents complained to local police officials. The language barrier was a factor, as well, and no action was taken on past incidents, making it less likely for new victims to come forward. Open Doors said the survey is the most comprehensive of its kind and it brings awareness to a growing issue. We hope this puts pressure on the German government to address what is going on within their borders, we want to ensure that that they are protected. This is actually happening. They need your help.
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Translations for survey
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- Untersuchung, UmfrageGerman
- campaña topográfica, encuesta, supervisión, informe, inspeccionarSpanish
- maanmittaus, yleissilmäys, yleiskatsaus, määrittää, tarkkailla, tarkastus, katselmus, tarkastella, katsastaa, kartoitus, katsaus, tarkastaaFinnish
- arpentage, reconnaissance, sondage, enquête, inspecterFrench
- suirbhidh, tomhas, tomhaisScottish Gaelic
- 見渡す, 見廻す, 測量, 見回す, 調査Japanese
- rūritanga, rūri, tiro whānui, weaMāori
- onderzoek, rapporteren, inspectie, onderzoeken, enquête, rapportDutch
- ankieta, nadzórPolish
- inspecionar, levantamento, supervisão, investigarPortuguese
- обозревать, инспектировать, опрос, межевать, осмотр, межевание, обследование, обозрение, исследование, обзор, инспектирование, обследовать, осматривать, съёмкаRussian
- zemljomerstvo, земљомерствоSerbo-Croatian
- inspektion, besiktning, granskningSwedish
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