surveyor

noun

sur·​vey·​or sər-ˈvā-ər How to pronounce surveyor (audio)
: one that surveys
especially : one whose occupation is surveying land

Examples of surveyor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boole was married to Mary Everest, a mathematician and author and the niece of George Everest, the surveyor for whom Mt. Everest is named. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 And even those lackluster stats could be an overestimate, because they’re drawn from the National Immunization Surveys, which is done by phone and so reflects the answers of people willing to take federal surveyors’ calls. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 2 Nov. 2023 At night, surveyors can stand on boats and cast bright lights across the water surface in a zigzagging pattern. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 With these new tools, archaeology is no longer a stationary activity, limited to one site; even while zipping by at highway speed, field surveyors can produce an accurate snapshot of what’s beneath centuries of cobblestone and brick, chewing gum and litter. WIRED, 28 Sep. 2023 With surveyors already on their land, the couple braces for the eight-lane freeway to take over their quiet, peaceful farm. Haeven Gibbons, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2023 Biden's Irish ancestors were a diverse bunch: engineers and surveyors, overseers in charge of building roads, a coast guard member, a stone mason and tenant farmers. Ramon Padilla, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2023 When gold was discovered, Bailey had a surveyor lay out a town site, and lots were given to anyone who promised to build. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 The surveyor, whose name hasn’t been released, was injured but survived the attack. Kris Millgate, Field & Stream, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surveyor was in the 15th century

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“Surveyor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surveyor. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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surveyor

noun
sur·​vey·​or sər-ˈvā-ər How to pronounce surveyor (audio)
: one that surveys
especially : one whose occupation is surveying land

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