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 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 level — Level Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), n. [OE. level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr. L. libella level, water level, a plumb level, dim. of libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level. Cf. {Librate}, {Libella}.] 1. A line or surface to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surveyor's level — n. an instrument consisting of a revolving telescope mounted on a tripod and fitted with cross hairs and a spirit level, used by surveyors in finding points of identical elevation …   English World dictionary

  • surveyor's level — noun surveying instrument consisting basically of a small telescope with an attached spirit level rotating around a vertical axis; for measuring relative heights of land • Hypernyms: ↑surveying instrument, ↑surveyor s instrument • Hyponyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • surveyor's level — level (def. 9a). * * * ▪ instrument       instrument used in surveying to measure the height of distant points in relation to a bench mark (a point for which the height above sea level is accurately known). It consists of a telescope fitted with… …   Universalium

  • surveyor's level — /sɜˌveɪəz ˈlɛvəl/ (say ser.vayuhz levuhl) noun See level (def. 8) …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surveyor's instrument — noun an instrument used by surveyors • Syn: ↑surveying instrument • Hypernyms: ↑instrument • Hyponyms: ↑alidade, ↑alidad, ↑clinometer, ↑inclinometer …   Useful english dictionary

  • Carpenter's level — Level Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), n. [OE. level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr. L. libella level, water level, a plumb level, dim. of libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level. Cf. {Librate}, {Libella}.] 1. A line or surface to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mason's level — Level Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), n. [OE. level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr. L. libella level, water level, a plumb level, dim. of libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level. Cf. {Librate}, {Libella}.] 1. A line or surface to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • engineer's level — noun : surveyor s level …   Useful english dictionary

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