survey

survey
sur•vey
v. [[t]sərˈveɪ[/t]] n. [[t]ˈsɜr veɪ, sərˈveɪ[/t]] v. t.
1) to view, consider, or study in a general or comprehensive way:
to survey a situation[/ex]
2) to view in detail, esp. to inspect, examine, or appraise in order to ascertain condition, value, etc
3) to conduct a survey of or among:
to survey TV viewers[/ex]
4) sur to determine the exact dimensions and position of (a tract of land) by measurements and the application of geometric and trigonometric principles
5) sur to survey land; practice surveying
6) a general or comprehensive view, description, course of study, etc.:
a survey of Italian painting[/ex]
7) a sampling, or partial collection, of facts, figures, or opinions taken and used to indicate what a complete collection and analysis might reveal
8) a detailed formal or official examination, as to ascertain condition, character, etc
9) sur
a) the act of surveying a tract of land
b) a plan or description resulting from this
c) an agency that makes such determinations:
U.S. Geological Survey[/ex]
Etymology: 1425–75; < AF surveier, MF surv(e) ier, surveoir to oversee = sur- sur-+veier < L vidēre to see sur•vey′a•ble, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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