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.
- sur·vey·or·ship, noun
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How to use surveyor in a sentence
His father, an American soldier, later became a road surveyor, and his British mother worked as a bank teller.John McAfee, software entrepreneur with outlaw persona, dies in prison at 75 | Glenn Rifkin | June 23, 2021 | Washington Post
At the same time, consumers tell data collectors and surveyors that, if they’re going to see ads, they want them to be relevant and targeted toward what they actually want.Privacy AND targeted content: can they coexist?; Monday’s daily brief | Carolyn Lyden | March 22, 2021 | Search Engine Land
One of the key ways the program promises to make participation less expensive is by eliminating the need for surveyors to come out and conduct detailed assessments of every project site.How Amazon’s offsets could exaggerate its progress toward “net zero” emissions | James Temple | November 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
In early March, the agency said it would prioritize infection-control inspections, deploying surveyors, most at state health agencies, on unannounced visits to homes across the country.As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations | Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs, Shawn Mulcahy | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
“As a surveyor, you would no longer be the police, you’re the parent,” Owens said.Confirmed Nursing Home Complaints Plummet During Pandemic | Jared Whitlock | August 25, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
John Randel Jr., the surveyor chosen for the job, was all of 20 years old.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr. | Kevin Canfield | February 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Friend Oliver was in no wise disturbed by the indignant statement of the Chesters to the surveyor.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Owing to the surveyor receiving increased powers the work of conscientious objectors on the roads in East Essex has improved.
Champlain related how, in company with a Canadian government surveyor, he had climbed the mountain which had received his name.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail | Arthur R. Thompson
There is a nominal surveyor to each parish—a surveyor who knows nothing about rates.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
He had employed a surveyor, Mr. Scully, to draw plans and take photographs showing the amount of the damage.Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for surveyor
a person whose occupation is to survey land or buildings: See 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
- surveyorship, noun
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