Surveyor's compass
Surveyor Sur*vey"or, n. 1. One placed to superintend others; an overseer; an inspector. [1913 Webster]

Were 't not madness then, To make the fox surveyor of the fold? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. One who views and examines for the purpose of ascertaining the condition, quantity, or quality of anything; as, a surveyor of highways, ordnance, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. One who surveys or measures land; one who practices the art of surveying. [1913 Webster]

4. (Customs) (a) An officer who ascertains the contents of casks, and the quantity of liquors subject to duty; a gauger. (b) In the United States, an officer whose duties include the various measures to be taken for ascertaining the quantity, condition, and value of merchandise brought into a port. --Abbot. [1913 Webster]

{Surveyor general}. (a) A principal surveyor; as, the surveyor general of the king's manors, or of woods and parks. [Eng.] (b) An officer having charge of the survey of the public lands of a land district. [U.S.] --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.).

{Surveyor's compass}. See {Circumferentor}.

{Surveyor's level}. See under {Level}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Surveyor's compass — Compass Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surveyor's compass — noun or surveyor s dial : an instrument used in surveying for measuring horizontal angles compare circumferentor 1, semicircumferentor * * * an instrument used by surveyors for measuring azimuths. Also called surveyor s dial. * * * surveyor s… …   Useful english dictionary

  • surveyor's compass — an instrument used by surveyors for measuring azimuths. Also called surveyor s dial. * * * …   Universalium

  • Surveyor's level — Surveyor Sur*vey or, n. 1. One placed to superintend others; an overseer; an inspector. [1913 Webster] Were t not madness then, To make the fox surveyor of the fold? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. One who views and examines for the purpose of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surveyor's dial — noun see surveyor s compass * * * surveyor s compass or surveyor s dial, an instrument for determining the horizontal direction of a line in reference to the direction of a magnetic needle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Surveyor's transit — Transit Trans it, n. [L. transitus, from transire to go over: cf. F. transit. See {Transient}.] 1. The act of passing; passage through or over. [1913 Webster] In France you are now . . . in the transit from one form of government to another.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surveyor's transit — Transit Trans it, n. [L. transitus, from transire to go over: cf. F. transit. See {Transient}.] 1. The act of passing; passage through or over. [1913 Webster] In France you are now . . . in the transit from one form of government to another.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mariner's compass — Compass Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compass — Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s journey …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compass card — Compass Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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