chainman

[cheyn-muhn]
noun, plural chainmen. Surveying.
a person who holds and positions a chain in taking measurements.

Origin:
1705–15, Americanism; chain + -man

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chainman (ˈtʃeɪnmən)
 
n , pl -men
surveying a person who does the chaining in a survey

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Example sentences
The head chainman put the first arrow in the ground to mark the spot where the measuring was to begin.
He took the first job he could find as a draftsman for a mining company but soon got a job as a chainman for a surveying crew.
Performs survey crew functions such as rod and chainman, staking, and field calculations.
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