Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of perambulating, or of passing or wandering through or over.
  • noun A traveling survey or inspection; a survey.
  • noun A district within which a person has the right of inspection; jurisdiction.
  • noun A method used in early Scotch and English history, and thence followed in the colonial period in the United States, of determining and maintaining boundaries and monuments or marks of boundaries between the possessions of neighboring tenants, and between neighboring parishes, and thus to some extent of deciding disputed tenancies and rights of possession, and questions of taxation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of perambulating; traversing.
  • noun An annual survey of boundaries, as of town, a parish, a forest, etc.
  • noun obsolete, obsolete A district within which one is authorized to make a tour of inspection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rare A survey, a tour; a walking around.
  • noun law An English legal ceremony in which an official from a town or parish walks around it to delineate and record its boundaries.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries
  • noun a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

Etymologies

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perambulate +‎ -tion; alternative surface analysis is per- +‎ ambulation.

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