sur·​vey·​ing sər-ˈvā-iŋ How to pronounce surveying (audio)
: 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

Examples of surveying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of the surveying project, workers placed orange flags on top of the unmarked graves. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 But on Alderney, the anti-FAB advocates proclaimed, no such surveying was permissible. Rebecca Panovka, Harper's Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Quirk-Silva told lawmakers based on her own surveying of districts around the state that about half of California’s students are now taught cursive. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024 The consensus among these leaders is that the true hurdle lies not in the surveying process itself but in executing effective action plans based on the data gathered. John Hall, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 That’s especially true in the high-walled, thickly forested canyon called the Trough, so named by George Washington on a 1748 surveying expedition. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 Glasper intends to keep surveying as wide a landscape as ever. Michael J. West, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 This $2,950 camera, expected to launch in December, is tailor-made for flying on high-end drones and specialty industrial uses — like surveying and photogrammetry measurements. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 5 Sep. 2023 Two recent shows explored Bowling’s complex relationship to land surveying. Lovia Gyarkye, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surveying was in 1682

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“Surveying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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: a branch of mathematics concerned with finding the area of any part of the earth's surface, the lengths and directions of the boundary lines, and the shape of the surface and with accurately showing the results on paper
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