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Noun: surveying  'sur,vey-ing or su(r)'vey-ing
  1. The practice of measuring angles and distances on the ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map
    "he studied surveying at college"
Verb: survey  su(r)'vey or 'sur,vey
  1. Consider in a comprehensive way
    "He surveyed the situation carefully before acting";
    - appraise
  2. Look over carefully or inspect
    "He surveyed his new classmates"
  3. Keep under surveillance
    "The police had been surveying him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing";
    - surveil, follow
  4. Hold a review (of troops)
    - review, go over
  5. Make a survey of; for statistical purposes
  6. Plot a map of (land)

Derived forms: surveyings

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], calculate, canvass, cipher, compute, cypher, examine, figure [N. Amer], inspect, measure, measurement, measuring, mensuration, reckon, see, study, work out

Encyclopedia: Surveying