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)
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.
Origin: OF. Surveoir, surveer; sur, sor, over, E. Sur _ veoir, veeir, to see, F. Voir, L. Videre. See Sur-, and Vision, and cf. Supervise.