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Meaning of survey

sur•vey

Pronunciation: (v.sur-vā'n.sûr'vā, sur-vā'), [key]
— v., n., pl. -veys.
—v.t.
  1. to take a general or comprehensive view of or appraise, as a situation, area of study, etc.
  2. to view in detail, esp. to inspect, examine, or appraise formally or officially in order to ascertain condition, value, etc.
  3. to conduct a survey of or among: to survey TV viewers.
  4. to 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.
—v.i.
  1. to survey land; practice surveying.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of surveying or of taking a comprehensive view of something: The course is a survey of Italian painting.
  2. a formal or official examination of the particulars of something, made in order to ascertain condition, character, etc.
  3. a statement or description embodying the result of this: They presented their survey to the board of directors.
  4. 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.
  5. the 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.
  6. the plan or description resulting from such an operation.
  7. an agency for making determinations: U.S. Geological Survey.

survey.

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. surveying.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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