sur·vey·or | \sər-ˈvā-ər \

Definition of surveyor 

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

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Arriving in from France shortly after 1788's Good Friday fire leveled two-thirds of New Orleans, he soon would be recognized as one of the city's most respected architects and surveyors. Mike Scott,, "How did New Orleans get its muses streets? Well, it starts with a pirate ...," 22 May 2018 Quite simply, instead of playing Jeopardy followed by an insulting headline, historians and surveyors should study how the public understands the past. Scott Manning,, "Paul B. Sturtevant's 'Middle Ages': Learning a little history from popular culture," 1 May 2018 The day McMaster had his fifth and final fall, state Health Department surveyors had completed their annual licensing inspection at Cathedral Village. Harold Brubaker,, "Pa. Health Department on McMaster death at Cathedral Village: deficient fall prevention and no resuscitation attempts," 2 June 2018 But starting in the early 2000s, surveyors began to notice an abrupt and rapid decline in Poweshiek populations, Smith said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 July 2018 In Thailand, local governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said surveyors dug more than 100 pilot holes into the mountainside. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "What Lies Beneath? Vague Mapping Complicates Thai Cave Rescue," 8 July 2018 By Neil Nakahodo and Lynn Horsley Both the city and Westport business leaders agree that the platting process — involving surveyors, title companies, lawyers and sign-offs from 22 individual property owners — is taking longer than expected. Bill Turque, kansascity, "City Hall, Westport dispute who is to blame for security delays," 11 July 2018 The surveyors on the mountain also worked with climbers from southern Thailand who specialize in scaling caves and cliffs to procure swallows’ nests—a delicacy in parts of Asia. Wilawan Watcharasakwet And Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Thailand Cave Rescue: Former Thai Navy SEAL Dies After Diving Operation," 6 July 2018 In 1828, following the discovery of gold on Cherokee land, the Georgia legislature passed a law extending its jurisdiction over the Cherokee Nation and allowing state surveyors to assess and divide land occupied by Cherokee people. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 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

: someone whose job is to examine buildings


sur·vey·or | \sər-ˈvā-ər \

Kids Definition of surveyor

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

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