• WordNet 3.6
    • n examiner an investigator who observes carefully "the examiner searched for clues"
    • n examiner someone who administers a test to determine your qualifications
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand
Three men examine a locket Three men examine a locket
Joan Examined in Prison——128 Joan Examined in Prison——128
The king examines the old woman's bread The king examines the old woman's bread

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: German chemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while he was examining urine for a way to turn baser metals into gold.
    • n Examiner One who examines, tries, or inspects; one who interrogates; an officer or person charged with the duty of making an examination; as, an examiner of students for a degree; an examiner in chancery, in the patent office, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
    • n examiner One who examines, inspects, or tries; one who interrogates a witness or an accused person.
    • n examiner A person appointed to conduct an examination, as in a school or college; one appointed to examine candidates for degrees or for public employment: as, the examiners in natural science, metaphysics, classics, etc.; civil-service examiners.
    • n examiner In the English chancery, an officer of court who examines on oath the witnesses produced on either side, or the parties themselves.
    • n examiner In the United States Patent Office, an official, subordinate to the commissioner of patents, whose duty it is to examine and report upon applications for the issue and reissue of patents, and upon alleged cases of interference with rights secured by patent.
    • n examiner A custom house officer appointed to examine merchandise, baggage, etc., in order to detect and prevent smuggling and other frauds on the treasury: called an inspector in the United States customs service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: German chemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while he was examining urine.
    • Examiner one who examines
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  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Examine what is said, not him who speaks.”
  • Confucius
    “When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
  • Moliere
    “One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Deliberation. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on.”
  • James Baldwin
    “The paradox of education is precisely this -- that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. examināreexamen (=exagmen), the tongue of a balance.


In literature:

Examine with a microscope under a high power.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Gwynplaine examined himself, and examined his fate.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
He was preparing for his Final Examination.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
What is the type of memory employed by children who have considerable ability in cramming for examinations?
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Then he examined the mountains a little to the left of the sun.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
This body, which we are now to examine, is of the agate species.
"Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4)" by James Hutton
Muirhead and Whiting sent to examine the dry channel of the river.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Examination of the harbours.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
Mr. Stapylton examines the country before us.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Remarks on the preceding examination.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders

In poetry:

They had it solder'd closely down
And examined it o'er and o'er,
And they put it in a patent coffin
That he might rise no more.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
Herod in judgment sits, while I do stand;
Examines me with a censorious hand:
I him obey, who all things else command:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
There was an Old Man of the Hague,
Whose ideas were excessively vague;
He built a balloon
To examine the moon,
That deluded Old Man of the Hague.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of the Hague" by Edward Lear
If every page in our account
With God and man is fairly writ,
We care not who examines it,
With no suspicious blanks,
For this let us give thanks.
"Let Us Give Thanks" by Hattie Howard
Invitation, mere invitation to perceptivity
Gradually led him to the isolation
Which these presents place
Under a more tolerant, perhaps, examination.
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
NOT much examination Cupid made,
As parent, lawyer, priest, he lent his aid,
And soon concluded matters as desired;
The Mansian wisdom no ways was required.
"The Clyster" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

The state Medical Examining Board will take up Connolly's case at its meeting later this month.
In seven of the ten angiographic examinations, three preoperative and four postoperative, we found aneurysms around the knee.
Mario Christodoulou examines the health risks of such sites.
During a routine physical examination a 43-year-old man is found to have an anterior mediastinal mass on chest radiographic studies.
The skeletal remains uncovered last week from the Rock River are being transferred to a forensic anthropologist for examination, the Winnebago County Coroner's Office reported Oct 18.
A medical examiner, and then a Yale anthropologist , were called to the scene.
Trained as an anthropologist , Gabriella Coleman examines the ethics of online collaboration/institutions as well as the role of the law and digital media in sustaining various forms of political activism.
ARRA -funded report examines high school outcomes for youth served by DSHS.
Survivors want Eric Holder to examine tape.
Fourth in a five-part series examining the re-tooled Dallas Mavericks position by position.
Sportswriter Jack Disney of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, left, interviews Muhammad Ali.
For the second time since 2009, Britain's top book prize goes to a writer whose works examine the life of Thomas Cromwell.
State re-examines its trout regulations.
Tom Bearden examines how small businesses' inability to get credit is playing out in Colorado.
This week, volunteers had children examining plastic bugs they found in the library stacks during story hour.

In science:

So far we have not examined the stability of these solutions against glassiness.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
We examine this possibility in full details and present a quantitative theory on the issue.
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
By examining the possibilities of primitive permutation groups (see [AS]) and using the two previous lemmas, there are only two cases remaining – G is almost simple or X is of full diagonal type (we explain this more fully below).
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Xiao ([Xi85]) and Seiler ([Sei95]) examined surfaces X with g = 2 and irregularity q(X ) = b using the fact that these surfaces are double coverings of ruled surfaces.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type
Secondly, we examine the fibres of h : S → B .
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type