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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Stanton also tried to rescue French cave explorer Eric Establie in 2010. Danica Kirka, Fox News, "British divers bring experience to Thai cave drama," 4 July 2018 In 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River Basin for France. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Flood of 2014 could cost Mesa; Gilbert leaders praise beginning with Park University; Study: Men more likely think they're smarter," 9 Apr. 2018 On this date: In 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River Basin for France. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Vehicle drags 2 Cleveland police officers during arrest attempt," 9 Apr. 2018 In 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River Basin for France. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 8 Apr. 2018 Jasmine’s new job as a police explorer this season puts the politically conscious teen and Jessica in a unique position. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""On My Block" Star Jessica Marie Garcia on What Season 2 Has in Store for Jasmine and What's Hiding Under Her Joking Exterior," 29 Mar. 2019 Arizona Museum of Natural History Explore the history of the Southwest, from dinosaurs to territorial explorers, at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 25 things to do in Mesa," 18 Feb. 2015 Our path roughly follows that of one of the world’s most famous explorers and naturalists, Roy Chapman Andrews. Jason Harper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Hunt for Dinosaur Bones in the Gobi Desert," 20 July 2018 Buzz60 For years, Nessie has evaded the good work of explorers and scientists, all of whom have failed to find conclusive evidence the supposed monster living in Scotland's Loch Ness ever existed. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Scientists, using DNA, will try again to find the Loch Ness monster," 23 May 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- How to pronounce explorer (audio) \

Medical Definition of explorer

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

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