Survey vs Illustrate - What's the difference?

survey | illustrate |

As verbs the difference between survey and illustrate

is that survey is 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 while illustrate is (obsolete) to shed light upon; to illuminate.

As a noun survey

is the act of surveying; a general view, as from above.




(wikipedia survey) (en noun)
  • The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Denham)
  • Under his proud survey the city lies.
  • A particular view; an examination, especially an official examination, of a particular group of items, in order to ascertain the condition, quantity, or quality.
  • A survey''' of the stores of a ship; a '''survey''' of roads and bridges; a '''survey of buildings.
  • An examination of the opinions of a group of people.
  • The local council conducted a survey of its residents to help it decide whether to go ahead with the roadside waste collection service.
  • A questionnaire or similar instrument used for examining the opinions of a group the people.
  • I just filled out that survey on roadside waste pick-up.
  • The operation of finding the contour, dimensions, position, or other particulars of any part of the earth's surface.
  • A measured plan and description of any portion of country.
  • The owners of the adjoining plots had conflicting surveys .


    * (act of surveying) prospect, surveil * (particular view) review

    Derived terms

    * trigonometric survey


    (en verb)
  • 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.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Milton)
  • Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above.
  • To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Dryden)
  • With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round.
  • 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.
  • 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 measurements, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey land or a coast.
  • 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.
  • Derived terms

    * surveying * surveyal * surveyance * surveyee * surveyor




  • (obsolete) To shed light upon; to illuminate.
  • * Were the Moon smooth, as a looking glass, a very small part would be seen by any particular eye to be illustrated by the Sun.
  • * Chapman
  • Here, when the moon illustrates all the sky.
  • To clarify something by giving, or serving as, an example or a comparison.
  • * Milton
  • To prove him, and illustrate his high worth.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=September 7 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Moldova 0-5 England , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=England were graphically illustrating the huge gulf in class between the sides and it was no surprise when Lampard added the second just before the half hour. Steven Gerrard found his Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson and Lampard arrived in the area with perfect timing to glide a header beyond Namasco.}}
  • * We illustrate our definitions by including quotations or simple examples.
  • To provide a book or other publication with pictures, diagrams or other explanatory or decorative features.
  • * The economics textbook was illustrated with many graphs.
  • (obsolete) To give renown or honour to; to make illustrious; to glorify.
  • * Milton
  • Matter to me of glory, whom their hate / Illustrates .


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