surveying

noun
sur·vey·ing | \sər-ˈvā-iŋ, ˈsər-ˌvā-\

Definition of surveying 

: a branch of applied mathematics that is concerned with determining the area of any portion of the earth's surface, the lengths and directions of the bounding lines, and the contour of the surface and with accurately delineating the whole on paper

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The goal is to pioneer several new methods of surveying asteroids, as some of the traditional methods don’t work in a binary system. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Spacecraft Will Head to Binary Asteroid to Help Protect the Planet," 25 June 2018 Seismic surveying involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "New rules would make it easier to find oil — and endanger whales and dolphins," 2 Apr. 2018 Seismic surveying involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "New rules would make it easier to find oil — and endanger whales and dolphins," 2 Apr. 2018 Seismic surveying involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "New rules would make it easier to find oil — and endanger whales and dolphins," 2 Apr. 2018 In a letter dated May 15, USC President Max Nikias announced that the school's Office of Equity and Diversity got a complaint about Tyndall in June 2016 and immediately launched an investigation, which included surveying 2,500 student patients. CBS News, "Students say USC "deliberately concealed" gynecologist’s sexual abuse," 22 May 2018 Using government data and surveying, the hospital transparency group graded Houston's major hospitals on an A through F scale. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Data reveals the safest hospitals in Houston," 26 Apr. 2018 Seismic surveying involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "New rules would make it easier to find oil — and endanger whales and dolphins," 2 Apr. 2018 The increase is partly down to better surveying techniques, but also more garbage being in the patch. David Meyer, Fortune, "The World's Biggest Floating Garbage Dump Is Now Bigger Than Alaska," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of surveying

1682, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surveying was in 1682

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surveying

noun
sur·vey·ing | \sər-ˈvā-iŋ\

Kids Definition of surveying

1 : the act or occupation of a person who determines the size, shape, or boundaries of a piece of land

2 : a branch of mathematics that teaches how to measure the earth's surface and record these measurements accurately

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