surveying

Definitions

  • Making a Valuation Survey
    Making a Valuation Survey
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n surveying 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"
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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
    • n Surveying That branch of applied mathematics which teaches the art of determining the area of any portion of the earth's surface, the length and directions of the bounding lines, the contour of the surface, etc., with an accurate delineation of the whole on paper; the act or occupation of making surveys.
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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.
    • n surveying The art or the process of determining the boundaries and area of a part of the earth's surface from actual measurement of lines and angles; the art of determining the form, area, surface, contour, etc., of any section of the earth's surface, and delineating the same on a map or plan.
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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.
    • Surveying the art of ascertaining the boundaries and superficial extent of any portion of the earth's surface
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “Posterity will never survey a nobler grave than this: here lie the bones of Castlereagh: stop, traveler, and piss.”
  • George Santayana
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    “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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. surveoir—L. super, over, vidēre, to see.

Usage

In literature:

Holcombe made no answer, but surveyed the other closely, and with a smile of content.
"The Exiles and Other Stories" by Richard Harding Davis
So might one have thought, not employed in like manner, and simply surveying the prospect.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
He was surveying her with a sort of frowning intensity.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
I spent two or three days surveying the hill and searching for water in the neighbourhood.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
He paused to glance apprehensively back and survey the western horizon.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
He leaned his forearm against the doorway at the height of his head and surveyed the silenced group rather ironically.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
At daylight Beth was dressed as a man and surveying herself in the mirror.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
She sighed, and he resumed his dismal survey of the liniment-soaked rags.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Bryant lighted a cigarette and fell to surveying the store's merchandise.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
William, from a respectful distance, surveyed the table with its enticing burden.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
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In poetry:

Since Adam's family, from first to last,
Now into one distinct survey is cast;
Look round, vain-glorious Muse, and you whoe'er
Devote yourselves to Fame, and think her fair;
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book III" by Edward Young
Arriv'd, for his brow, lo! a turban she made,
Bright with gems pluck'd from Gallia's crown;
To give him a name, she Rome's hist'ry survey'd,
In the days of her early renown.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
From Pisgah's top we then survey
The blissful realms of endless day,
And all the short but narrow way
That lies between,
Whilst Faith emits a heavenly ray,
And cheers the scene.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
To note the beauty of the day,
And golden fields of corn survey;
Admire each pretty flow'r
With its sweet smell;
To praise their Maker, and to tell
The marks of his great pow'r.
"Walking" by Thomas Traherne
Undaunted, he surveys the ocean rage,
With placid face, he feels the earthquake's shock,
He knows his Lord the fury will assuage,
His soul is safe, though earth's foundations rock.
"An Hymn" by James Avis Bartley
Shou'd Satan tempt thee, in the gloom of night,
The secret works of darkness to transact —
Tell him, that God, who is the source of light,
With his all-seeing eyes surveys each fact.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Chances are good you'll see more beer bottles than wine glasses or martinis, and that's not a coincidence — a new survey discovered beer is America's favorite alcoholic beverage .
Scientists survey coast for debris.
Surveying the AP's Assorted Top 10s.
How Astronomical Surveys Are Pinpointing Our Place in the Cosmos.
Photo by US Geological Survey.
Bing Crosby 's 'White Christmas' Named Favorite Christmas Song — Survey of the Day.
An online survey and community outreach meetings are part of Steve Windhager's plan to heal Santa Barbara's relationship with the Botanic Garden .
A quick survey last week found scotch cocktails to be as intriguing to bartenders as they are unknown to most of their customers.
Tom Thibodeau gets fewer best coach votes than Erik Spoelstra and other fun NBA GM Survey results.
77 percent of issuers can change terms at any time, survey finds.
Our data come from Mercer's Worldwide Cost of Living 2009 survey.
Canines and humans survey Dogtoberfest's scene Saturday morning at the Ross Off-Leash Dog Recreation Area in Vancouver.
RWE completes Caspian seismic survey.
Mobile payments have more than doubled in popularity reaching over 33% of survey respondents, according to IDC Financial Insights' eighth annual Consumer Payments Survey.
Data for the chart below came from the results of a survey of 146 IT professionals, conducted by IT Brand Pulse as part of its ongoing series of Leader Surveys.
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In science:

This yields a best-case result and if the overlap between Euclid’s space-based survey and ground-based surveys turns out to be smaller, then the FoM would be negatively affected.
How Future Space-Based Weak Lensing Surveys Might Obtain Photometric Redshifts Independently
In fact, the FoM scales linearly with the survey area (Amara & Refregier 2007) so that if only half of the space-based survey overlaps with the ground-based component then the expected FoM will also be cut in half.
How Future Space-Based Weak Lensing Surveys Might Obtain Photometric Redshifts Independently
Furthermore, if the survey area of the space-based observations does not overlap entirely with that of the groundbased survey, then the FoM will be negatively affected.
How Future Space-Based Weak Lensing Surveys Might Obtain Photometric Redshifts Independently
The available light-curve data from previous surveys can be used to augment the extensive photometry obtained as part of our survey to study the variation of nova speed class with spatial position in M31.
A Spectroscopic and Photometric Survey of Novae in M31
Fig. 28.— The spatial distribution of the 47 M31 novae with measured decline rates from our survey supplemented by 27 decline rates from the “high quality” light-curve sample from the Hubble, Arp, and Rosino surveys Capaccioli et al. (1989).
A Spectroscopic and Photometric Survey of Novae in M31
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