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surveillance definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: close observation of a person or group (usually by the police)

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, from surveiller to watch over, from sur- + veiller to watch, from Old French veillier, from Latin vigilare, from vigil watchful more at vigil Date: 1802 close watch kept over someone or something (as by a detective); also supervision

U.S. Military Dictionary

The systematic observation of aerospace, surface, or subsurface areas, places, persons, or things, by visual, aural, electronic, photographic, or other means. See also air surveillance; satellite and missile surveillance; sea surveillance. (JP 3-0)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. close observation, esp. of a suspected person. Etymology: F f. surveiller (as SUR-(1), veiller f. L vigilare keep watch)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Surveillance Sur*veil"lance, n. [F., fr. surveiller to watch over; sur over + veiller to watch, L. vigilare. See Sur-, and Vigil.] Oversight; watch; inspection; supervision. That sort of surveillance of which . . . the young have accused the old. --Sir W. Scott.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Surveillance is the careful watching of someone, especially by an organization such as the police or the army. He was arrested after being kept under constant surveillance... Police keep track of the kidnapper using electronic surveillance equipment.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. [Fr.] Superintendence, inspection, oversight, supervision, care, watch, charge control, direction, management, surveyorship.

Moby Thesaurus

accountability, ambuscade, ambush, ambushment, auspices, blind, booby trap, bossing, bugging, care, charge, cloak-and-dagger work, counterespionage, counterintelligence, custodianship, custody, eagle eye, electronic surveillance, espial, espionage, eye, following, guard, guardedness, guardianship, intelligence, intelligence work, intendance, invigilation, jurisdiction, lookout, lurking hole, military intelligence, monitoring, observance, observation, oversight, peeled eye, proctoring, prudence, qui vive, reconnaissance, responsibility, scrutiny, secret police, secret service, shadowing, sharp eye, spying, stakeout, stalking-horse, stewardship, superintendence, supervision, tab, tailing, tout, trailing, trap, vigil, vigilance, wariness, watch, watch and ward, watchful eye, watchfulness, watching, weather eye, wiretap, wiretapping


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