in·spec·tor | \in-ˈspek-tər \

Definition of inspector 

1 : a person employed to inspect something

2a : a police officer who is in charge of usually several precincts and ranks below a superintendent or deputy superintendent

b : a person appointed to oversee a polling place

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inspectorship \in-ˈspek-tər-ˌship \ noun

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Over thepast eight years, city building inspectors have cited Berrada properties with more than 1,300 violations, ranging from the mundane to the serious. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 Still, since 2014, health inspectors have cited 1 in 8 nursing homes for having too few nurses, federal records show. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records," 13 July 2018 October 2016: Berger's Bakery was shut down for two days after inspectors discovered a roach infestation at the stand. Todd Stewart,, "Lexington Market: Health Department closures since 2012," 13 July 2018 Johnny Diloné, Maricopa County Environmental Services spokesman, said health inspectors ask during their regular restaurant inspections to see the labels of the products that raw cookie dough outlets use to verify the ingredients. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "Edible cookie dough: Where in metro Phoenix to buy dough that's safe to eat," 13 July 2018 Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a public health inspector, said the boys lost an average of 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) while they were trapped. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 Still, since 2014, health inspectors have cited one of every eight nursing homes for having too few nurses, federal records show. Jordan Rau,, "‘It’s almost like a ghost town.’ Most nursing homes overstated staffing for years," 11 July 2018 Crenshaw's arrest record includes previous offenses dating to 2008, for trespassing, disorderly intoxication, vandalism, and battery on police officers, firefights and city code inspectors. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A homeless South Beach artist has no arms. But he stabbed a tourist, police say," 11 July 2018 State inspectors had shut down the coaster twice in the past 18 months because of problems, but those deficiencies had been corrected and did not contribute to the derailment, the report said. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Florida: Excessive speed caused roller coaster derailment," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of inspector

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inspector was in 1602

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English Language Learners Definition of inspector

: a person whose job is to inspect something

: a police officer who is in charge of several police departments



Legal Definition of inspector 

1 : a person employed or authorized to inspect something

2 : a police officer in charge of a number of precincts and ranking below a superintendent or deputy superintendent

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