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survey

Definitions

  • Making a Valuation Survey
    Making a Valuation Survey
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v survey consider in a comprehensive way "He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
    • v survey plot a map of (land)
    • v survey make a survey of; for statistical purposes
    • v survey hold a review (of troops)
    • v survey look over carefully or inspect "He surveyed his new classmates"
    • v survey keep under surveillance "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
    • n survey a detailed critical inspection
    • n survey the act of looking or seeing or observing "he tried to get a better view of it","his survey of the battlefield was limited"
    • n survey short descriptive summary (of events)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"HE TOOK A CONTENTED SURVEY OF HIS FRUIT TREES." "HE TOOK A CONTENTED SURVEY OF HIS FRUIT TREES."
A TORPEDOED MERCHANTMAN ON THE SHOALS: SALVAGE OFFICERS MAKING A SURVEY A TORPEDOED MERCHANTMAN ON THE SHOALS: SALVAGE OFFICERS MAKING A SURVEY
Surveying Surveying
William, on horseback, surveys his troops William, on horseback, surveys his troops

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A survey done by Clairol 10 years ago came up with 46% of men stating that it was okay to color their hair. Now 66% of men admit to coloring their hair
    • Survey 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.
    • Survey The act of surveying; a general view, as from above. "Under his proud survey the city lies."
    • Survey 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.
    • Survey 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.
    • Survey 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.
    • Survey 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.
    • Survey 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."
    • Survey To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine. "With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a survey of 200000 ostriches over 80 years, not one tried to bury its head in the sand.
    • survey To overlook; view at large, as from a commanding position; take a comprehensive view of.
    • survey To oversee; view with a scrutinizing eye; examine; scrutinize.
    • survey To inspect or examine with reference to situation, condition, and value; inspect carefully: as, to survey a building to determine its value, etc.
    • survey To determine the boundaries, extent, position, etc., of, as of any part of the earth's surface by means of linear and angular measurements, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; determine the form and dimensions of, as of tracts of ground, coasts, harbors, etc., so as to be able to delineate their several shapes and positions on paper. See surveying.
    • survey 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.
    • survey To see; perceive; observe.
    • n survey A general view; a comprehensive prospect.
    • n survey A particular view; an examination or inspection 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, provisions, or munitions of a ship; a survey of roads and bridges; a survey of buildings intended to ascertain their condition, value, and exposure to fire.
    • n survey In insurance, a plan or description, or both, of the present existing state or condition of the thing insured, including commonly in applications for fire-insurance the present mode of use so far as material to the risk; more loosely, the description or representations, including interrogatories and answers, constituting the application drawn up or adopted by the agent of the insurer.
    • n survey The operation of finding the contour, dimensions, position, or other particulars of any part of the earth's surface, coast, harbor, tract of land, etc., and representing the same on paper; also, the measured plan, account, or exposition of such an operation. See surveying, and ordnance survey (under ordnance).
    • n survey A species of auction, in which farms are disposed of for a period covering three lives.
    • n survey A district for the collection of the customs, under the inspection and authority of a particular officer.
    • n survey [caps.] The former name of the United States governmental bureau having charge of the national hydrographic and geodetic work. Now officially called the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Traces of cocaine were found on 99% of UK bank notes in a survey in London in 2000.
    • v.t Survey sur-vā′ to see or look over: to inspect: to superintend: to examine: to measure and estimate, as land—(obs.) Surview′
    • ns Survey 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:
    • ns Survey (U.S.) a district for the collection of customs under a particular officer
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Posterity will never survey a nobler grave than this: here lie the bones of Castlereagh: stop, traveler, and piss.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.”
  • Peter Prichard
    Peter Prichard
    “We just did a survey that showed.... something like 65 percent of the [American] people couldn't vote for the First Amendment if it was up for a vote today.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. surveoir, surveer,; sur, sor, over, E. sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre,. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. surveoir—L. super, over, vidēre, to see.

Usage

In literature:

Survey after survey was undertaken by the Government and private parties.
"The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad" by W. F. Bailey
She was an extremely self-possessed young woman, who surveyed him frankly with level gaze from her gray eyes.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
She continued to survey the graceful figure, well-poised head and handsome features of the jester.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
He lifted it high in air and surveyed it.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Twelve weeks only were allowed for the voyage, which compelled the navigators to content themselves with a cursory survey.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The haven, which has now been surveyed by Lieutenant Bove, was discovered by me in 1875 and named Port Dickson.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
I was with the Geological Survey for ten years before the Reclamation Service was created.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Before describing the first campaign of the war it will be well briefly to survey the armed forces of the Crown and the organization for war.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
And site survey, for factories and other future developments.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
While doing this he stopped and made frequent surveys of the lake and wood.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Tabitha took a survey of the premises.
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
She regarded him, then turned her head to survey the country before them.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
She stepped back to survey him, then smiled at her audience.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
He then proposed to return to New Zealand and survey all the unknown parts of the sea between that island and Cape Horn.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Deerfoot paused a moment surveying the wreck and ruin he had caused, and then quietly shoved his tomahawk back in place.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The opinion of surveys officially signed by surveying officers.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A new survey was then made, avoiding the Duke's cover; and in 1819 a renewed application was made to Parliament.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
Data from U.S. Geological Survey.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
I had finished my survey as he entered.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Gregory surveyed the newcomer with interest.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
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In poetry:

His eye with infinite survey
Does the whole world behold;
He formed us all of equal clay,
And knows our feeble mould.
"Psalm XXXIII: Rejoice, Ye Righteous" by Isaac Watts
Ah! let me not, with heavy eye,
This dying scene survey!
Haste Winter! Haste! usurp the sky;
Complete my bower's decay.
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone
When I with pleasing wonder stand,
And all my frame survey,
Lord, 'tis thy work I own thy hand
Thus built my humble clay.
"Psalm 139 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Thus closed that merry summer's day ;
And would you ask me how
You might the busy scene survey,
And see those faces now ?--
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
Long, long have I watch'd for the fading of day,
And oft have I gaz'd o'er the wide-spreading plain,
With sorrowing eye the still scene I survey,
For ah ! she appears not !--I linger in vain.
"Disappointment" by Laura Sophia Temple
My fond eyes have surveyed you, sweet,
Thro' all these years and found no fault.
Your lustrous hair, your tiny feet
Are still perfection. Yet a halt
In my high praise wakes sudden fears:
You're growing old behind the ears!
"Beauty's Blemish" by C J Dennis

In news:

Japan Society Gallery offering survey of Japanese Art Deco .
A Survey of the Western World.
A survey shows that 35 million of us hate smiling and being nice while standing in line.
In a recent "Holiday Jeer" survey, 35 million Americans say they dread the holidays.
State surveys forage fish on Lake Champlain.
Survey to assess baitfish in relation to VHS.
According to the US Geological Survey reported the quake hit 40 miles west of Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico.
Our 13th annual survey of readers' picks.
The surcharge you face for using another bank's ATM is cheaper in Greater Cleveland than any major city nationwide, according to a new survey by Bankrate .com.
According to a survey by Weber, ribs are one of the top five foods grilled.
"The longer the record you have, the more powerful the data becomes," said Lisa Senior of the US Geological Survey (USGS), Pennsylvania Water Science Center in Exton.
You board your flight to Chicago, $600 ticket in hand, and do a quick survey of the people sitting around you.
A new national survey finds that one out of five pregnant Caucasian women smoke.
Scored highest among chain store retailers in a shopper survey by Consumer Reports.
State surveys forage fish on Lake Champlain .
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In science:

Since our survey was conducted at a different frequency than the McConnell et al. (1991) survey, we must scale the sensitivity of each survey in order to compare them.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
Figure 1. (V −I )0 colour from the SBF survey is plotted against Mg2 index from the SMAC survey for galaxies in common between the two data sets.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Within a given passband, the survey flux limit is an indicator of the effective redshift depth of the survey.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
While such systems would easily be detected in optical surveys, systems that are dynamically younger may often not satisfy the minimum xray luminosity constraint and would thus be systematically excluded from an x-ray selected survey.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
For a survey of existing results see a recent Molloy’s survey [Mol01].
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
To avoid such underestimates in SFR1.4 GHz for our analysis, we make use of the NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS, Condon et al. 1998), a 1.4 GHz survey made with the VLA in the more compact D configuration.
Star formation rate indicators in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
The feasibiliy of a deep or a wide survey is strongly correlated to the experimental strategy and is a driver of future surveys.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
Secondly, we see different variations of the two cases, when increasing the size of the survey (N ) or the survey depth (zmax ).
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
We test this approach by looking at the sensitivity of the surveys in term of the number of SN and on the depth of the survey with particular attention to the effects of systematic errors.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
We also make use of the recently published highlatitude pulsar survey of the region −140◦ < l < −100◦ and |b| < 60◦ (hereafter PH survey, Burgay et al. 2006).
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
We begin by presenting a model for the survey detection process which is in good agreement with the observed S/Ns from the PMB survey.
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
As can be seen, the expected survey detections for model S are generally in good agreement with the actual survey results.
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
The inner Galaxy survey (PALFAi) covers the region 32◦ < l < 77◦ while the anticentre survey (PALFAa) covers the region 168◦ < l < 214◦ . A detailed description of the survey parameters and initial discoveries can be found in Cordes et al. (2006).
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
We refer to it as a Positive survey or as a Direct response survey when the sub jects are asked to reveal which category they belong to.
Negative Surveys
Our WIYN/Hydra database of spectra complements nicely those obtained by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, in the region at lower redshift, as well as the MMT/Hectospec survey of Papovich et al. (2006), and brings the redshift completeness to 70% for sources brighter than 2 mJy at 24 µm.
Spectroscopic Survey of 1.4 GHz and 24 Micron Sources in the Spitzer First Look Survey with WIYN/Hydra
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