from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who carries and employs a leveling rod under the supervision of a surveyor.
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- n. The person who holds the surveying rod for a surveyor
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man whose duty it is to carry the rod used in surveying.
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I might have known more had I actually gotten that summer job, when I was 17 or so, working as a rodman.
The process required teams to coordinate with each other from opposite sides of the canyon, with a rodman, or rigger, perched on one wall holding a fifteen-foot pole with a flag at one end—used to probe to the back of the caves perforating the rock—while a surveyor across the river fixed him in the crosshairs of his camera-equipped theodolite.
“One young man came down with an appointment as a rodman,” William Karner recalled.
Between 1865 and 1869, he worked spring, summer, fall, and on one occasion through the winter for the UP as rodman and assistant engineer.
He himself entered the service of the railway at the age of seventeen, when he spent his summer as a rodman at Kenora, Ontario.
I was well advanced in arithmetic and in mathematics generally, and was confident, even if I was hardly fourteen years old, that I could do the work of a junior rodman.
Charles had no difficulty in securing me employment as junior rodman if, at the age of fourteen, I could perform the duties requed, -- which Colonel Curtis doubted.
I noticed that my associates did not have much confidence in my ability to perform the duties, and, especially the senior rodman, John Burwell.
Marie Simons Trenholm, June 3, 1903; Delta Kappa Epsilon; rodman and draughtsman 1897; draughtsman on cotton mill designs 1897-1899; industrial engr. design builder 1899-1902; Jr. partner O.A. Robbins and co.,
Page 157 bookkeeper Dillon, S. C., 1920; farming Warrenton, 1921-22; N.C. state highway comm., rodman, Elizabeth City, 1923; inspector Va. state highway comm.