- a person or thing that explores.
- a person who investigates unknown regions: the great explorers of the Renaissance.
- any instrument used in exploring or sounding a wound, a cavity in a tooth, or the like.
- (initial capital letter) Also called Explorer Scout. a person between the ages 14 and 20 who is an active participant in the exploring program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.
- (initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a long series of U.S. scientific satellites: Explorer 1 (1958) was the first U.S. artificial satellite.
Origin of explorer
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Examples from the Web for explorer
The first two videos are teasers featuring two favorite cartoon characters for young girls, Dora the Explorer and Tinkerbell.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Actor and explorer Michael Palin, visiting in 2001, described one elderly bookkeeper showing off his priceless wares.The Lost Libraries of the Sahara
September 11, 2014
Why should it matter to everyone—not just to an explorer like you?
Being with the families afterwards and questioning the whole issue of being an explorer.
Other famous taxidermists, like explorer Charles Waterton and Hermann Ploucquet, captured the popular imagination.Dead and Beautiful: The Art of Taxidermy
April 16, 2014
He was an explorer, and soon after I was born he went on an expedition.Frank Roscoe's Secret
"Dixon," said Mrs. Barnett in a low voice which the explorer knew and obeyed.Audrey Craven
The explorer of the Capitalist syndicate was still enthusiastic.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Patricia forgot her censorship as the spirit of the explorer rose in her.Miss Pat at School
I haven't even the thrill of the explorer, for I'm not the first one to see them.
- US a member of the senior branch of the ScoutsBrit equivalent: Venture Scout
- any of the first series of US satellites. Explorer 1, launched in 1958, confirmed the existence of intense radiation belts around the earth
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Word Origin and History for explorer
1680s, agent noun from explore. Replaced earlier exploratour (mid-15c.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A sharp, pointed probe used on tooth surfaces to detect caries or other defects.
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