Survey Sur*vey", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surveyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surveying}.] [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See {Sur-}, and {Vision}, and cf. {Supervise}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine. [1913 Webster]

With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. [Eng.] --Jacob (Law Dict.). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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