• WordNet 3.6
    • n surveyor an engineer who determines the boundaries and elevations of land or structures
    • n surveyor someone who conducts a statistical survey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American astronomer, mathematician, clock-maker, surveyor and almanac editor Benjamin Banneker has been called the "first black man of science." Banneker took part in the original survey of Washington, DC. His almanac was published 1792 to 1797.
    • Surveyor (Customs) An officer who ascertains the contents of casks, and the quantity of liquors subject to duty; a gauger.
    • Surveyor (Customs) 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.
    • Surveyor One placed to superintend others; an overseer; an inspector. "Were 't not madness then,
      To make the fox surveyor of the fold?"
    • Surveyor One who surveys or measures land; one who practices the art of surveying.
    • Surveyor One who views and examines for the purpose of ascertaining the condition, quantity, or quality of anything; as, a surveyor of highways, ordnance, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n surveyor One who surveys or views.
    • n surveyor An overseer; a superintendent.
    • n surveyor A household officer; a supervisor of the other servants.
    • n surveyor One who views and examines something for the purpose of ascertaining its condition, quantity, or quality: as, a surveyor of roads and bridges; a surveyor of weights and measures.
    • n surveyor One who measures land, or practises the art of surveying.
    • n surveyor An officer of the British navy whose duty it is to supervise the building and repairing of ships for the navy.
    • n surveyor A common name in Australia for a fish, Serranus geometricus.
    • n surveyor Formerly an architect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Surveyor an overseer: a measurer of land
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. surveoir—L. super, over, vidēre, to see.


In literature:

But the squirrels were the first surveyors of these tracks.
"Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20)" by Various
E., late Chief Engineering Surveyor, New South Wales Government.
"Five Months at Anzac" by Joseph Lievesley Beeston
We must reduce the oath to Geography, for I'm at home there, bein' a Surveyor myself.
"Phil Purcel, The Pig-Driver; The Geography Of An Irish Oath; The Lianhan Shee" by William Carleton
Mans Kling was the surveyor.
"Great Epochs in American History, Vol. II" by Various
The same principle may be employed that is used by builders and surveyors in "squaring a building," as it is called.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
Out of personal friendship, James Short bought the property and restored it to the young surveyor, giving him time to repay.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
In pursuance of my plan I introduced myself to the land-surveyors in Bamberg, and at once received employment from one of them.
"Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel" by Friedrich Froebel
Engineering Surveyors' Institution, 42.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
A summons, however, had been taken out by the local surveyor, and would be followed by a warrant.
"Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton" by Anonymous
Clark, a Virginian by birth, started out in life as a surveyor, and early in 1775, removed to Kentucky to follow his profession.
"American Men of Action" by Burton E. Stevenson

In poetry:

He's in the national government,
He's been a military man;
And in these United States,
He's been surveyor of lands.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The beaver cut his timber
With patient teeth that day,
The minks were fish-wards, and the crows
Surveyors of highway,—
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Time and Thought were my surveyors,
They laid their courses well,
They boiled the sea, and piled the layers
Of granite, marl and shell.
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
Time and Thought were my surveyors,
They laid their courses well,
They boiled the sea, and baked the layers
Or granite, marl, and shell.
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
There in the churchyard underneath the trees,
Like some surveyor from the government
Death gazed on my pale face to estimate
How large a grave would suit my measurement.
"August" by Boris Pasternak
Not for any beast that burrows, not for any bird that flies,
Would I lose his large sound council, miss his keen amending eyes.
He is bailiff, woodman, wheelwright, field-surveyor, engineer,
And if flagrantly a poacher—'tain't for me to interfere.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Wise County voters decided to abolish the office of county surveyor in Tuesday's general election.
Symbols Weren't Rifle Sights, but Surveyor 's Marks.
Well, it's a surveyor 's symbol.
It's a surveyor 's symbol.
Strive for a Surveyor 's Eye.
In preparation of National Surveyors Week, which runs from Sunday through Saturday, Lankford has revisited some of Frederick's surveying past.
He will be taking on the professional support of the classification society's 1,000 surveyors in over 77 countries.
In future, the qualified naval architect and marine technology expert will appoint new technical surveyors , monitor their work and further develop new rules for the construction and operation of ships.
Surveyor killed by train in Dade County.
The position of surveyor in Monroe County is vacant and no candidate filed to run for the unpaid job on Tuesday's ballot.
Utilities routinely send surveyors out on foot to check miles of pipeline.
Bill Ice served as county surveyor for 27 years in New Madrid County.
After many years of wishing and hoping we had just received the early land grant maps of Maury County done many years ago by local surveyor, John J Harris.
Requiem for the Mars Global Surveyor.
A surveyor's camp in the forests of Panama .

In science:

This image was obtained in July 1999 with the Mars Orbiter camera on board of Mars Global Surveyor.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
Experiments in the near future (MAP, Planck Surveyor) are expected to increase the angular resolution of COBE by more than one order of magnitude.
On the dynamics of a self-gravitating medium with random and non-random initial conditions
Ground vs Space A CMB experiment that is specifically designed to measure B -mode polarization will require significant advances in technology over and above that which will fly on the Planck Surveyor.
Experimental CMB Status and Prospects: A Report from Snowmass 2001
Instruments such as Planck Surveyor, and the proposed Arcminute Microkelvin Imager which R¨udiger Kneissl described, should also readily probe beyond z ≃1.
Conference Summary
WMAP [108] and Planck Surveyor space missions can probe anisotropies with l up to 2000 and with higher sensitivity.
Empirical Foundations of Relativistic Gravity