survey

1. noun /ˈsɜːveɪ,ˈsɝveɪ,səˈveɪ,sɚˈveɪ/
a) The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.

"Under his proud survey the city lies." -.

b) A particular view; an examination, especially an official examination, of all the parts or particulars of a thing, with a design to ascertain the condition, quantity, or quality; as, a survey of the stores of a ship; a survey of roads and bridges; a survey of buildings.
2. verb /ˈsɜːveɪ,ˈsɝveɪ,səˈveɪ,sɚˈveɪ/
a) To inspect, or take a view of; to view with attention, as from a high place; to overlook; as, to stand on a hill, and survey the surrounding country.

"Round he surveys and well might, where he stood, So high above." -.

b) To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.

"With such altered looks, . . . All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round." -.


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