surveyor

noun
sur·​vey·​or | \ sər-ˈvā-ər How to pronounce surveyor (audio) \

Definition of surveyor

: one that surveys especially : one whose occupation is surveying land

Examples of surveyor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three years ago, when the parents of this year’s coho gave birth to them, surveyors counted 170 egg nests, below normal but not particularly worrisome. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Disappointing numbers for annual coho salmon run in western Marin County," 17 Jan. 2020 Storms surveyors found a grocery store with roof damage, damage to the outside wall of a hotel and roof damage to two restaurants. Dallas News, "National Weather Service confirms 2 more tornadoes in North Texas from Friday’s storms," 14 Jan. 2020 Municipal officials issued the order after surveyors observed a significant increase in the sliding speed of the Planpincieux glacier, which rests on the Italian side of the Grand Jorasses peak. Kayla Epstein, chicagotribune.com, "A glacier in the Alps might collapse, thanks to global warming, officials say," 30 Sep. 2019 The search for the mountain’s English name began after it was declared the world’s tallest peak by surveyors in India in 1856. Joanna Slater, The Denver Post, "Is Mt. Everest shrinking? Nepal on a mission to measure the world’s tallest mountain.," 21 Oct. 2019 Municipal officials issued the order after surveyors observed a significant increase in the sliding speed of the Planpincieux glacier, which rests on the Italian side of the Grand Jorasses peak. Kayla Epstein, chicagotribune.com, "A glacier in the Alps might collapse, thanks to global warming, officials say," 30 Sep. 2019 The surveyors will look at damage, determine if it was caused by a tornado, and then rate how strong that tornado was using the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Leigh Morgan, al, "National Weather Service heading out to count tornadoes today," 17 Dec. 2019 Some of these nightmares may have included scary characters from horror movies, of which surveyors listed their top five childhood villains. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Remember Your First Horror Film? Study Finds When Average Person Watched First Scary Movie," 25 Oct. 2019 During the week of October 1-6, surveyors questioned 1,007 adults by phone and asked them to weigh-in on the impeachment discussion dominating Washington. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "New Poll Indicates Majority Of Americans In Favor Of Trump Impeachment Inquiry," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of surveyor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Surveyor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surveyor. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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surveyor

noun
How to pronounce surveyor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of surveyor

: someone whose job is to measure and examine an area of land
British : someone whose job is to examine buildings

surveyor

noun
sur·​vey·​or | \ sər-ˈvā-ər How to pronounce surveyor (audio) \

Kids Definition of surveyor

: a person whose occupation is determining the size, shape, or boundaries of pieces of land

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