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

Examples of surveying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to surveying by air, the U.S. kept an aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, and its accompanying ships in the region throughout the exercises. Alastair Gale, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 Most of the surveying was done between November 2021 and February 2022. Bob Helbig, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Most of the surveying was done between November 2021 and March 2022. Bob Helbig, The Enquirer, 8 June 2022 Most of the surveying was done between October 2021 and February 2022. Bob Helbig, The Indianapolis Star, 18 May 2022 Most of the surveying was done between September and December 2021. Bob Helbig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Elmo though few seemed to call him that — was a city surveyor, pioneer in Alaska surveying and fierce advocate for winter sports education in schools. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 Both are involved in local outreach for Mormon cricket surveying. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 June 2022 Some of the leading jobs that can benefit from these skills and experience include construction, surveying, agriculture, inspection, insurance, public safety, security and more. Brian Pitre, Forbes, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of surveying

1682, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2022

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“Surveying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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