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 for Surveying
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Survey \Sur*vey"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surveyed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Surveying.] [OF. surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E.
     sur + veoir, veeir, to see, F. voir, L. videre. See Sur-,
     and Vision, and cf. Supervise.]
     1. 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.
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              Round he surveys and well might, where he stood,
              So high above.                        --Milton.
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     2. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
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              With such altered looks, . . .
              All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round.
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     3. To examine with reference to condition, situation, value,
        etc.; to examine and ascertain the state of; as, to survey
        a building in order to determine its value and exposure to
        loss by fire.
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     4. To determine the form, extent, position, etc., of, as a
        tract of land, a coast, harbor, or the like, by means of
        linear and angular measurments, and the application of the
        principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey
        land or a coast.
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     5. To examine and ascertain, as the boundaries and royalties
        of a manor, the tenure of the tenants, and the rent and
        value of the same. [Eng.] --Jacob (Law Dict.).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Surveying \Sur*vey"ing\, n.
     That branch of applied mathematics which teaches the art of
     determining the area of any portion of the earth's surface,
     the length and directions of the bounding lines, the contour
     of the surface, etc., with an accurate delineation of the
     whole on paper; the act or occupation of making surveys.
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     Geodetic surveying, geodesy.
     Maritime surveying, or Nautical surveying, that branch of
        surveying which determines the forms of coasts and
        harbors, the entrances of rivers, with the position of
        islands, rocks, and shoals, the depth of water, etc.
     Plane surveying. See under Plane, a.
     Topographical surveying, that branch of surveying which
        involves the process of ascertaining and representing upon
        a plane surface the contour, physical features, etc., of
        any portion of the surface of the earth.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the practice of measuring angles and distances on the
           ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map; "he
           studied surveying at college"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "surveying":
     altimetry, appraisal, appraisement, approximation, assessment,
     assize, assizement, bathymetry, biometrics, biometry, cadastration,
     calculation, cartography, chorography, computation, correction,
     craniometry, determination, estimate, estimation, evaluation,
     gauging, geodesy, geodetic satellite, geodetics, geography,
     goniometry, hypsography, hypsometry, instrumentation, measure,
     measurement, measuring, mensuration, metric system, metrology,
     navigation, oceanography, orbiting geophysical observatory,
     planimetry, psychometrics, psychometry, quantification,
     quantization, rating, stereometry, survey, telemetering, telemetry,
     topography, triangulation, valuation

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