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Definition of "surveying" []

  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "surveying" in a sentence
  • "Of course, what the Playboy connoisseurs are surveying is not Madame Bovary's fine form, nor her much-commented-upon smooth bands of black hair or great dark eyes."
  • "Chapter 7 talks about government agencies and their role in surveying, and once again, I was learning stuff right and left."
  • "The next big improvement in surveying, a means of measuring angles between landmarks, was the astrolabe."