ex·​plor·​er | \ ik-ˈsplȯr-ər \

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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Almost a generation before Julia Child, my great-grandmother was not merely a terrific cook, but also a dogged food reporter, an intrepid food explorer, and a curious food historian. Elizabeth Gilbert, Good Housekeeping, "Cook's Heaven," 6 Mar. 2012 Famed British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes served as the narrator for the event, which included projections across the Fortezza Vecchia's historic tower, smoke effects and lighting shooting into the sky. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Astronaut christens new Viking Cruises ship, Viking Orion, in elaborate ceremony," 14 June 2018 If life, indeed, is detected out there – be it microscopic or some higher form – scientists like to think robotic explorers would be launched from Earth for closer inspections. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA's Tess spacecraft on a mission to find new planets," 13 Apr. 2018 Further Reading Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck—and on sticking to the rules But several days later, a team of experienced divers and cave explorers were able to rescue all of the children without Musk's help. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Musk lawyers move to dismiss cave explorer lawsuit over “pedo guy” tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Such as Beverly and Dereck Joubert who are big explorers engaged in wildlife preservation. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Nat Geo executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg on Recode Decode," 6 July 2018 Several have been found and explorers have been able to descend into some. BostonGlobe.com, "After missing for a week, 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach found alive in cave," 2 July 2018 The image shows the icy heart of the perennially chilly Korolev crater, and is one of a few snapshots sent back from Mars’ robot explorers to Earth this holiday season. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 Antarctica's largest ice shelf, the Ross Shelf is named after James Clark Ross, a British explorer famed for his expedition to the continent in the 19th century. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Antarctic Wind Creates a Dramatic Humming Noise On The Ross Ice Shelf," 17 Oct. 2018

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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- \

Medical Definition of explorer

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

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