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[ik-splawr-er, -splohr-] /ɪkˈsplɔr ər, -ˈsploʊr-/
a person or thing that explores.
a person who investigates unknown regions:
the great explorers of the Renaissance.
any instrument used in exploring or sounding a wound, a cavity in a tooth, or the like.
(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.
(initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a long series of U.S. scientific satellites: Explorer 1 (1958) was the first U.S. artificial satellite.
1675-85; explore + -er1 Unabridged
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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


(US) a member of the senior branch of the Scouts Brit equivalent Venture Scout


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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explorers in Medicine

explorer ex·plor·er (ĭk-splôr'ər)
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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