American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A military engineer who specializes in sapping and other field fortification activities.
- n. A military engineer who lays, detects, and disarms mines.
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. Formerly in the British army the non-commissioned officers and privates of the Royal Engineers received the general appellation of the Royal Sappers and Miners.
- n. Any insect which sucks the sap of plants, as the rice-sapper.
- 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. UK, colloquial an officer or private of the Royal Engineers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who saps; specifically (Mil.), one who is employed in working at saps, building and repairing fortifications, and the like.
- n. a military engineer who lays or detects and disarms mines
- n. a military engineer who does sapping (digging trenches or undermining fortifications)
- sap + -er (Wiktionary)
- From sap2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While with this unit, Source received training in sapper techniques.”
“There was a psychological moment as the crouching man came up into the trench with his rifle and bayonet, when his chin was in the perfect position: moreover, the sapper was a full back of merit.”
“The tome ended his England career because he criticised the then manager, Clive Woodward, and was deemed an energy sapper; he once admitted that he had a personality trait where he could go from being relatively calm to relatively insane quite quickly, describing his behaviour as sometimes less than ideal.”
“The president of Francisco Marroquin University drove me and a half dozen other American reporters to his campus in an armored vehicle preceded by a sapper squad, checking for potential land mines in its path.”
“One of my uncles was actually a sapper who cleared land mines for Anzacs, Australian soldiers, and we had to flee Vietnam.”
“TOM BOWMAN: Specialist Jenkins was a sapper, a combat engineer.”
“The exhausted nurse, Hana; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burn victim who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.”
“Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this book like flashes of heat lightening.”
“On the night in question a sapper was crawling thru the wire in the wee hours.”
“Procrastination can be a terrible stressor -- we're always aware of what we should be doing while we're not doing it, and it's a real joy-killer and energy-sapper.”
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