- a person whose occupation is surveying.
- an overseer or supervisor.
- Chiefly British. a person who inspects something officially for the purpose of ascertaining condition, value, etc.
- (formerly) a U.S. customs official responsible for ascertaining the quantity and value of imported merchandise.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of space probes (1966–68) that analyzed lunar soil and obtained other scientific information after soft-landing on the moon.
Origin of surveyor
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Examples from the Web for surveyor
John Randel Jr., the surveyor chosen for the job, was all of 20 years old.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr.
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This Niebuhr, who was a surveyor by profession, was a young man who deserves our admiration.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The surveyor of Hartwell also notes that the "tenements there be in decay."The Enclosures in England
Mounted men, carrying the tools and instruments of the surveyor, galloped about.The Boy Settlers
He was later to become deputy-auditor and surveyor of the woods.The Fathers of New England
Charles M. Andrews
Alderson bore down upon him, triangulating the deck like a surveyor.Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- a person whose occupation is to survey land or buildingsSee also quantity surveyor
- mainly British a person concerned with the official inspection of something for purposes of measurement and valuation
- a person who carries out surveys, esp of ships (marine surveyor) to determine seaworthiness, etc
- a customs official
- archaic a supervisor
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Word Origin and History for surveyor
late 14c., from Anglo-French surveiour, from Middle French surveor, from Old French verb surveeir (see survey (v.)).
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