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chainman

[cheyn-muh n]
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noun, plural chain·men. Surveying.
  1. a person who holds and positions a chain in taking measurements.
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Origin of chainman

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15; chain + -man
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Examples from the Web for chainman

Historical Examples

  • Young Spencer began his surveying work by carrying a flag, and soon he was advanced to "chainman."

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8

    Elbert Hubbard

  • He was accompanied by an assistant and a chainman, his son Robert entering the figures while his father took the sights.

  • He was at once offered a position as chainman, and told to report two weeks later.

    Charles Carleton Coffin

    William Elliot Griffis, D. D.

  • He was accompanied by an assistant and a chainman,—his son Robert entering the figures while his father took the sights.


British Dictionary definitions for chainman

chainman

noun plural -men
  1. surveying a person who does the chaining in a survey
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