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explorer

[ik-splawr-er, -splohr-] /ɪkˈsplɔr ər, -ˈsploʊr-/
noun
1.
a person or thing that explores.
2.
a person who investigates unknown regions:
the great explorers of the Renaissance.
3.
any instrument used in exploring or sounding a wound, a cavity in a tooth, or the like.
4.
(initial capital letter). Also called Explorer Scout. a person between the ages 14 and 20 who is an active participant in the exploring program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.
5.
(initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a long series of U.S. scientific satellites: Explorer 1 (1958) was the first U.S. artificial satellite.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; explore + -er1
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Examples from the web for explorers
  • Those theoretical days were long past by the time explorers and settlers crossed the desert.
  • Species explorers will soon be able to solve problems and answer questions in minutes that today take weeks or months.
  • explorers don't seek to control the world around them.
  • Many western scholars, explorers and even invaders also drew the same conclusion.
  • Long journeys require human explorers to carry plenty of water.
  • Robots may be future space explorers and they could be your next date.
  • It's not an easy environment to access and many explorers have perished attempting to map these subterranean labyrinths.
  • Humans are natural born explorers until something stifles them into not being.
  • Some explorers enjoy the thrill of probing an uncharted, underground wilderness.
  • That's good news for the next generation of robotic explorers.
British Dictionary definitions for explorers

Explorer1

/ɪkˈsplɔːrə/
noun
1.
(US) a member of the senior branch of the Scouts Brit equivalent Venture Scout

Explorer2

/ɪkˈsplɔːrə/
noun
1.
any of the first series of US satellites. Explorer 1, launched in 1958, confirmed the existence of intense radiation belts around the earth
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Word Origin and History for explorers

explorer

n.

1680s, agent noun from explore. Replaced earlier exploratour (mid-15c.).

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explorers in Medicine

explorer ex·plor·er (ĭk-splôr'ər)
n.
A sharp, pointed probe used on tooth surfaces to detect caries or other defects.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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