- a person who holds and positions a chain in taking measurements.
Origin of chainman
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Examples from the Web for chainman
Young Spencer began his surveying work by carrying a flag, and soon he was advanced to "chainman."
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.Lives of the Engineers
- surveying a person who does the chaining in a survey
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