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

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As a result Schoel is expanding its civil engineering, land surveying, land planning and landscape architecture services. William Thornton |,, "Birmingham development services firm acquires Huntsville company," 27 June 2019 These facilities are subject to more frequent surveying and progressive enforcement actions, and their names are made public. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "These Colorado nursing homes were poorly rated and eligible for federal oversight. Until this week, nobody knew.," 13 June 2019 Will companies buy Spot robots for surveillance and surveying when humans will be invariably cheaper? James Vincent, The Verge, "Boston Dynamics prepares to launch its first commercial robot: Spot," 5 June 2019 The college plans to start 4-year programs for a bachelor's in applied science in land surveying and a bachelor's of applied science in culinary and food science as early as next fall. Kate Murphy,, "Cincinnati State plans to offer new bachelor's degrees. The goal: fill jobs in the region.," 22 Mar. 2018 The researchers believe that Plimpton 322 could have been used in surveying and construction, planning large projects like palaces and pyramids. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Discover Babylonian Tablet Is Ancient Trig Table," 25 Aug. 2017 During on-site assembly, the company deploys a drone camera that uses photogrammetry, a series of precise surveying-image measurements, to ensure the modules are correctly stacked. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 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,, "New rules would make it easier to find oil — and endanger whales and dolphins," 2 Apr. 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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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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