Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The measurement of dimensional relationships, as of horizontal distances, elevations, directions, and angles, on the earth's surface especially for use in locating property boundaries, construction layout, and mapmaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Art and science of accurately determining the position of points and the distances between them.
  • v. Present participle of survey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That branch of applied mathematics which teaches the art of determining the area of any portion of the earth's surface, the length and directions of the bounding lines, the contour of the surface, etc., with an accurate delineation of the whole on paper; the act or occupation of making surveys.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art or the process of determining the boundaries and area of a part of the earth's surface from actual measurement of lines and angles; the art of determining the form, area, surface, contour, etc., of any section of the earth's surface, and delineating the same on a map or plan.

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

  • n. the practice of measuring angles and distances on the ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map

Etymologies

survey +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

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