ex·​plor·​er | \ ik-ˈsplȯr-ər How to pronounce explorer (audio) \

Definition of explorer

1 : one that explores especially : a person who travels in search of geographical or scientific information
2 capitalized : a member of a coed scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America for young people ages 14 to 20 focusing on career awareness

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The first is a mostly nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history of European and American explorers, and the first successful attempts to cross the continent. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, "The Secrets in Greenland’s Ice," 11 July 2019 Players will take on the role of an explorer in an alien multiverse, and they are joined by a handmade robot sidekick. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "EA announces a trio of intriguing new indie games at E3 2019," 8 June 2019 And earlier this month, Widder and Sönke Johnsen led a team of explorers that captured the elusive giant squid on camera again, this time in the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. waters, about 100 miles southeast of New Orleans. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Witnessing a bit of history': How researchers captured a giant squid on camera in US," 24 June 2019 The North Pole had been an object of European fascination since antiquity, and a goal of explorers throughout much of the 19th century. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 'To the Edges of the Earth,’ a look at the people who pushed human exploration to its limits," 22 June 2019 In 1769, Boone led the team of explorers that forged a trail through it to the rich lands to the west. William M. Gurstelle, Twin Cities, "Good ol’ Rocky Top: Visit the history, music, science of northeast Tennessee," 15 June 2019 For years shares of shale explorers have been valued mostly for their future prospects. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Drillers Are Easing Off the Gas," 27 Jan. 2019 Hear from members of the grants team, which has funded thousands of scientific initiatives across the globe, and meet the engineers who develop field equipment for National Geographic explorers. National Geographic, "Journalism and Multimedia High School Workshop at Nat Geo in Washington, D.C.," 12 June 2019 In short: Arya becomes a long wolf and embraces her inner explorer. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "What Will Arya Stark Do Now Sansa Is Queen of the North?," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of explorer

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ex·​plor·​er | \ ik-ˈsplōr-ər, -ˈsplȯr- How to pronounce explorer (audio) \

Medical Definition of explorer

: an instrument for exploring cavities especially in teeth : probe sense 1

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