The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Denham)
A particular view; an examination, especially an official examination, of a particular group of items, in order to ascertain the condition, quantity, or quality.
- Under his proud survey the city lies.
An examination of the opinions of a group of people.
- A survey''' of the stores of a ship; a '''survey''' of roads and bridges; a '''survey of buildings.
A questionnaire or similar instrument used for examining the opinions of a group the people.
- The local council conducted a survey of its residents to help it decide whether to go ahead with the roadside waste collection service.
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.
- I just filled out that survey on roadside waste pick-up.
- The owners of the adjoining plots had conflicting surveys .
* (act of surveying) prospect, surveil
* (particular view) review
* trigonometric survey
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)
To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Dryden)
- Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above.
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.
- With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round.
(obsolete) To prepare in advance (for or to do something); to plan, make provision.
*:A sayd the kynge / syn ye knowe of your aduenture puruey for hit / and put awey by your craftes that mysauenture / Nay said Merlyn it wylle not be / soo he departed from the kynge
To furnish or provide.
*:Give no odds to your foes, but do purvey / Yourself of sword before that bloody day.
*2005 , Lesley Brown, trans. (Plato), Sophist , :
*:Those who sell their own products are distinguished from purveyors, who purvey what others produce.
To procure; to get.
*Sir Walter Scott
*:I mean to purvey me a wife after the fashion of the children of Benjamin.