Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of perambulating, or of passing or wandering through or over.
  • n. A traveling survey or inspection; a survey.
  • n. A district within which a person has the right of inspection; jurisdiction.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • But we shall not omit an account of these places in our perambulation, which is guided by sense-limits rather than by arbitrary lines.

    The Kensington District The Fascination of London

  • It is romantic, potent and playful at once, and perfectly captures the balance between monumentality and motion, between eternity and perambulation, which is the essence of museums.

    The Guardian World News

  • The Bishop and Synod did actually order a "perambulation" to be made to see if anything could be annexed from the adjacent parishes, especially

    Chronicles of Strathearn

  • To assert the extent of your land, you might hold a ceremony called a "perambulation," in which you would walk around and record the boundaries of your property in the presence of witnesses.

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

  • "perambulation" of the park, some description of its present condition and appearance may help to form an opinion.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • Instead, a frenziedly spirited troupe of backing dancers is left to pick up the slack, while Britney clambers aboard various moving parts of machinery and is wheeled around like an ancient maiden aunt being taken for her morning perambulation in a bath chair.

    Britney Spears review

  • For a start, he was far more than a man given to eccentricities in dress and weapon-like aids to perambulation.

    Kevin Belmonte: The Genius Of G.K. Chesterton: Understanding The Heart Of The Enduring Story

  • By walking, I explained that I meant normal perambulation, not hill - or fell-walking.

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  • I strongly suspect as well that if there were an epidemic of pillow smothering or permanent adhesion of humans to stationary objects it would not take long for everyone to agree that there is a fundamental right to atmospheric access and perambulation.

    Dylan Brody: Cool, Clear Profit

  • I'm beginning to think that the more portable such shows seem (both Accomplice and En Route have been performed in several cities), and the less they're genuinely rooted in a particular place, the less likely they are to offer a really satisfying perambulation.

    Walking theatre must look where it's going

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