sap·​per | \ ˈsa-pər How to pronounce sapper (audio) \

Definition of sapper

1 : a military specialist in field fortification work (such as sapping)
2 : a military demolitions specialist

Examples of sapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, a local sapper unit of some 20 lightly armed combat engineers learns that a cease-fire has been declared and peace talks are underway. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Shindisi': Film Review," 15 Oct. 2019 Combat engineers—known as pioneers or sappers in some armies—are tasked with removing these obstacles on the battlefield and keeping the attack going. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic M1 Abrams Battle Tank Can Smash Through Enemy Defenses," 8 May 2019 Factor in a few other unlikely moisture-sappers—Fusco says whitening toothpastes and long-last lipsticks also contribute to dryness—and old-school salves simply might not cut it. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Cure Your Chapped Lips This Winter," 31 Jan. 2019 Balloons attached to an explosive fuse, that were launched from Gaza, later wafted onto a trampoline used by Kibbutz children and was dealt with by sappers, Israeli police said. Washington Post, "Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza," 20 June 2018 The bomb, hidden in a pair of wire cutters, exploded as sappers neutralized it remotely. New York Times, "Gaza Militants Barrage Israel With Mortars and Rockets," 29 May 2018 Group leader Maxim Buga said Loginov, a sapper by training, departed last fall to help the Syrian army clear mines. Andrew Roth, Washington Post, "Russian mercenaries said to be killed by U.S. airstrike in Syria," 13 Feb. 2018 But they are vastly outnumbered in her account by those who signed up to go to the front as pilots, nurses, surgeons, tank drivers, scouts, traffic controllers, sappers and more. Rebecca Reich, New York Times, "Giving the Lie to the Notion that Warfare Is ‘Unwomanly’," 18 Aug. 2017 Hollifield's father told the judge that Sapper should have faced more serious charges that could have resulted in a longer prison sentence. Evan Macdonald,, "Driver gets three years in prison for crash that killed Ohio National Guard veteran," 21 June 2017

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1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sapper

British : a member of a military unit that builds structures to defend and protect a position

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