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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Recent Examples on the Web State surveying shows that the land north of Wenden has sunk by more than 3 feet since 1991, and that this subsidence has been accelerating., "In western Arizona, corporate megafarms turn water into profits, leaving small towns in the dust," 5 Dec. 2019 Total project cost of $297,995 includes contingency, engineering, surveying and inspection. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy’s Franz Road project advances," 20 Dec. 2019 In this case, except for the surveying illustrations, the rest of the paved floor is blank. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Floor pavements in Pompeii illustrate surveying technology," 7 Dec. 2019 Coming up with those amounts required extensive surveying, Townsend said. Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Online, "Corps' $26.7M part of funding to repair damage from spring's Arkansas River flood," 24 Nov. 2019 There wasn’t much there as Thomas knocked kick-out blocking tight end Durham Smythe off his mark as the play-making Richardson slides eloquently across the line of scrimmage surveying for Ballage. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Sheldon Richardson responds to Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi suspensions by playing his best game as a Brown -- Film Review," 26 Nov. 2019 Shoppers finished 24% of their buying in the first week of November, up from 16% in 2009 and the highest in the history of surveying by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Stephen Singer,, "Christmas shoppers start earlier as ‘Holiday Creep’ moves through malls, stores and online," 29 Nov. 2019 Including contingencies, engineering and surveying, the total project cost is $1,325,325. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy moves forward on flood mitigation projects," 1 Nov. 2019 Roberts calls into question Lincoln’s heroic status, describing the surveying’s role in forcing Native Americans off their land. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Recommended Books, October 2019," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of surveying

1682, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2020

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“Surveying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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