to take a general or comprehensive view of or appraise, as a situation, area of study, etc.
to view in detail, esp. to inspect, examine, or appraise formally or officially in order to ascertain condition, value, etc.
to conduct a survey of or among:to survey TV viewers.
Surveyingto determine the exact form, boundaries, position, extent, etc., of (a tract of land, section of a country, etc.) by linear and angular measurements and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry.
Surveyingto survey land; practice surveying.
an act or instance of surveying or of taking a comprehensive view of something:The course is a survey of Italian painting.
a formal or official examination of the particulars of something, made in order to ascertain condition, character, etc.
a statement or description embodying the result of this:They presented their survey to the board of directors.
a sampling, or partial collection, of facts, figures, or opinions taken and used to approximate or indicate what a complete collection and analysis might reveal:The survey showed the percentage of the population that planned to vote.
Surveyingthe act of determining the exact form, boundaries, position, etc., as of a tract of land or section of a country, by linear measurements, angular measurements, etc.
Surveyingthe plan or description resulting from such an operation.
Surveyingan agency for making determinations:U.S. Geological Survey.
Latin vidēre to see
Anglo-French surveier, Middle French surv(e)ier, surveoir to oversee, equivalent. to sur-sur-1 + v(e)ier
late Middle English surveien (verb, verbal) 1425–75