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

Examples of explorer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along the way, participants meet seven real-life heroes, including James Balog, an environmental photographer; Danielle Nkojo, a sustainability expert; and Allison Fundis, a deep-sea explorer. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 15 Apr. 2021 Columbus, a 15th-century Genoese explorer, has long been a target of activists for his role in colonizing, killing and exploiting Indigenous people. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis park crews assess damage to Washington, Pioneers statues," 27 Nov. 2020 Bothun, who graduated from Burnsville High School in 2019, was an avid urban cave explorer who dabbled in writing music, enjoyed sports, held the Burnsville High record for the bench press and dreamed of becoming a welder. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "'Heart in a Box' device allows more transplants in Minnesota," 10 Mar. 2021 People who dream of being like a great maritime explorer, such as Magellan, Cook or Drake, may view this as the trip of a lifetime. Geoff Whitmore, Forbes, "Are People Paying Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars For Cruises?," 5 Mar. 2021 Countless Americans watched with awe on Thursday as NASA’s latest robotic explorer, the Perseverance rover, landed safely on the surface of Mars. Editors, USA TODAY, "Winter storm, Biden to tour Pfizer vaccine plant, mission to Mars: 5 things you need to know Friday," 19 Feb. 2021 While the agency has completed other missions to Mars, the $2.7 billion robotic explorer, named Perseverance, carries scientific tools that will bring advanced capabilities to the search for life beyond Earth. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "NASA Lands Perseverance on Mars," 18 Feb. 2021 One prominent explorer of quantum cellular automata, Nobel laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft, flatly rules out the possibility of free will. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Quantum Mechanics, Free Will and the Game of Life," 14 Feb. 2021 Pantheon merged with Anchorage independent explorer Great Bear Petroleum in early 2019 and the blended operating company Great Bear Pantheon is conducting the fieldwork. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Small British oil explorer drills Alaska appraisal well in prospect adjacent to haul road," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of explorer

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of explorer was in 1577

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5 May 2021

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“Explorer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explorer. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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