Define vs Survey - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between define and survey

is that define is to determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly while 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.

As nouns the difference between define and survey

is that define is (computing|programming) a kind of macro in source code that replaces one text string with another wherever it occurs while survey is the act of surveying; a general view, as from above.

define

English

(Definition)

Verb

(defin)
  • To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly.
  • * Sir (Isaac Newton)
  • Ringsvery distinct and well defined .
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Lee S. Langston
  • , title= The Adaptable Gas Turbine , passage=Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo'', meaning ''vortex , and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.}}
  • (obsolete) To settle, decide (an argument etc.).
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , IV.3:
  • These warlike Champions, all in armour shine, / Assembled were in field the chalenge to define .
  • To express the essential nature of something.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author=
  • , volume=101, issue=3, page=178, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Crinkly Curves , passage=Cantor defined a one-to-one correspondence between the points of the square and the points of the line segment. Every point in the square was associated with a single point in the segment; every point in the segment was matched with a unique point in the square.}}
  • To state the meaning of a word, phrase, sign, or symbol.
  • To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.
  • To demark sharply the outlines or limits of an area or concept.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April, author=(Jan Sapp)
  • , volume=100, issue=2, page=164, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Race Finished , passage=Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?}}
  • (mathematics) To establish the referent of a term or notation.
  • Derived terms

    * definable * definer

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (computing, programming) A kind of macro in source code that replaces one text string with another wherever it occurs.
  • * 1996 , James Gosling, Henry McGilton, The Java Language Environment
  • From the computer programming perspective, Java looks like C and C++ while discarding the overwhelming complexities of those languages, such as typedefs, defines , preprocessor, unions, pointers, and multiple inheritance.
  • * 1999 , Ian Joyner, Objects unencapsulated: Java, Eiffel, and C++ (page 309)
  • Anyone who has attempted to do OO programming in a conventional language using defines will find out that it is impossible to realize the benefits easily, if at all, without compiler support.

    Anagrams

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    survey

    English

    Noun

    (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 .

    Synonyms

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

    Derived terms

    * trigonometric survey

    Verb

    (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