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.
Round he surveys and well might, where he stood,
So high above. --Milton.
2. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
With such altered looks, . . .
All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round.
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.
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.
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.).