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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From Mars rovers to undersea explorers, robotic arms are generally focused on the utilitarian ask of grabbing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Soft Robotic Arm Is Built To Study the Ocean's Most Delicate Creatures," 3 Oct. 2018 People with Sagittarius Venus are drawn to explorers, nomads, and daredevils. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 That's when white explorers, fur traders, whalers, gold miners and immigrants reached the state. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018 Guzman-Feliz was a member of the explorers, a program for young people interested in a career in law enforcement. CBS News, "Community holds prayer service, unveils mural for teen slain by gang," 2 July 2018 First released in 1989, the Discovery was Land Rover’s third SUV, positioned between the go-anywhere Defender beloved of farmers and explorers, and the more upmarket Range Rover. Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg.com, "Jaguar Land Rover Prepares for New Era Moving SUV From U.K.," 11 June 2018 To help the members of the Navy SEALs, who had little experience in cave diving, search leaders turned to a group of highly skilled foreign cave divers, a rare breed of explorer. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "How Rescuers Pulled Off the Impossible in a Treacherous Thai Cave," 10 July 2018 Since its inception 130 years ago, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 13,000 grants and supported the work of more than 3,000 explorers in the field. Michael Nichols, National Geographic, "Here’s What It Really Means to Become a National Geographic Explorer," 11 June 2018 But hundreds of years of explorers ripping through their lands and stealing their history has left these items scattered across the world. Elizabeth Elkin And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Nine sacred artifacts stolen from a Native American tribe are finally returned over 100 years later," 11 June 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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