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

Definition of surveyor

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

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Roughly half of secondary-income earners told surveyors that technology plays a major role in their income-earning potential. NBC News, "Who's got a side hustle? Postgrads and people earning $80,000 or more," 4 June 2019 In the book, only four women enter Area X — the biologist, the psychologist, the anthropologist, and the surveyor. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "12 Differences Between Annihilation the Movie and Annihilation the Book," 26 Feb. 2018 The board sued Vizaline in September 2017, alleging that Vizaline was in violation of state laws that require that surveyors have a proper license to do so. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "If an algorithm draws lines on a map, is that the same as land surveying?," 13 July 2018 The rest of the equipment may have come from employees of fur companies, missionaries or U.S. government surveyors. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "150 years ago on St. Paul Island, Knock Down and Skin ‘Em became Alaska’s first baseball team," 17 June 2018 Helicopters hovered overhead throughout the day, ferrying surveyors up the mountainside above the cave system. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Rescuers Rush to Stay Ahead of Rain in Push to Get Thai Soccer Team Out of Cave," 5 July 2018 Jasper is an Arkansas town of maybe 500 in the midst of the Ozarks, and Mr. Genitempo, inspired by Frank Stanford (1948-78), a regional poet and land surveyor, set about photographing its surrounding geography, culture and inhabitants. William Meyers, WSJ, "What to Give: Books About Photography," 15 Nov. 2018 After dropping off Egan and surveyors, the twin-engine Fairchild C-123J Provider took off in a heavy snowstorm to return to Anchorage carrying the Guard’s adjutant general, Maj. Washington Post, "Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after ‘64 quake," 23 June 2018 Other transaction costs include fees for the lawyer and surveyor, and for registration with the Land Registry. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "House Hunting in … England," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of surveyor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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


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Kids Definition of surveyor

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

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