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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A military engineer who specializes in sapping and other field fortification activities.
  • n. A military engineer who lays, detects, and disarms mines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who saps; specifically, one who is employed in working at saps, building and repairing fortifications, and the like. Often known as a combat engineer or military engineer.
  • n. an officer or private of the Royal Engineers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who saps; specifically (Mil.), one who is employed in working at saps, building and repairing fortifications, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chisel used in some sawing-machines to cut away waste or sap-wood and reduce a log to a cylindrical shape.
  • n. One who saps; specifically, a soldier employed in the building of fortifications, the execution of field-works, and the performance of similar operations.
  • n. Any insect which sucks the sap of plants, as the rice-sapper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a military engineer who lays or detects and disarms mines
  • n. a military engineer who does sapping (digging trenches or undermining fortifications)

Etymologies

From sap2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sap +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

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