Land Record

Surveying Units and Terms

2 Oct 2019

Here is our list of units of measure, surveying terms, surveyors' slang and abbreviations, water descriptions, and trees.

If you don't see your favorite obscure units or terms, please let us know. We're happy to add to our list.

Units of Measure

Standard Surveying Terms

Surveyors' Slang

Surveying, like any profession, has its special terms and slang. Some are just humorous, some help distinguish similar sounds (e.g. eleven and seven), and some are just plain strange!

Surveyors' Abbreviations

You might find the following abbreviations on a plat drawing. When a surveyor resurveys a tract they will "find" evidence of earlier surveys and will "set" new markers of their own. Thus F and S are common in abbreviations. The term "held" may be applied to markers found or set in the presence of other nearby pipes, rebar, etc. It means "this is the true corner".

Water Terms



You can find definitions for most of these units, terms, and words in any good unabridged dictionary. There are also books dealing with units of measure and surveying.

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