inspector

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inspector an investigator who observes carefully "the examiner searched for clues"
    • n inspector a high ranking police officer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Norfolk, Virginia, a woman can't go out without wearing a corset. (There was a civil-service jobfor men onlycalled a corset inspector). However, in Merryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
    • Inspector A police officer, typically holding a rank one below superintendent, and in some cases in charge of several precincts; as, inspector Clousseau is investigating the case.
    • Inspector One who inspects, views, or oversees; one to whom the supervision of any work is committed; one who makes an official view or examination, as a military or civil officer; a superintendent; a supervisor; an overseer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At age 16 Confucius was a corn inspector.
    • n inspector One who inspects or oversees; one whose duty it is to secure by supervision the proper performance of work of any kind, or to ascertain by examination the quality or condition of the work, or of any article offered for sale or transfer; a public officer charged with such duties: as, the inspectors of election or of police; an inspector of weights and measures. Specifically
    • n inspector An initiate in the mysteries of Eleusis; an epopt or seer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Inspector one who looks into or oversees: an examining officer: a superintendent
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Quotations

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    “The customer is the final inspector.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.”
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    “You have already failed if you need a lot of inspectors.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. inspecteur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inspectāre, freq. of inspicĕre, inspectumin, into, specĕre, to look.

Usage

In literature:

Inspector Douglas, in charge of the native police, was informed.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
The appointment of inspectors was made compulsory in case of a complaint.
"Tobacco in Colonial Virginia" by Melvin Herndon
One she recognized as the inspector of police who had come after the tragedy yesterday, the other was Dr. Andrews.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
But ships making longer voyages often had troubles with the inspectors.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
Formerly Inspector-General in Companies' Liquidation, 1890-1904, and Inspector-General in Bankruptcy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
FROM SERGEANT BULMER TO CHIEF INSPECTOR THEAKSTONE.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Are inspectors 42, 59 and 63 there?
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
The inspector merely grunted, got up, began pacing the room, and questioned the concierge.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
The district inspector is always a man of pedagogical training and experience.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Immediately after the decision in her case, the trial of the Inspectors took place before the same court.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
The case, as I have already said, was in the hands of Inspector Plummer, an intelligent officer and an old friend of Hewitt's.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
The number of inspectors for the University of Paris may amount to six.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Last year I was a lieutenant; I am now inspector.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
When questioned by the police inspector, he would not have declared that he had not made use of this poison for a very long time!
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
But what view did the inspector hold?
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
The stock inspector stopped again, on his way back to the railroad.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Should they come without writs, Inspector Denning could be instructed to take charge of them.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
An inspector will be here in ten minutes?...
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
The customs inspectors hadn't even asked them to open their luggage.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
He was not accustomed to impudence, for he was a near relative of Inspector Castle's.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
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In poetry:

"Inspector Kobold came to you - "
The little Ghost began.
Here I broke in - "Inspector who?
Inspecting Ghosts is something new!
Explain yourself, my man!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
Round the corner I met the Inspector
He stared - like he couldn't believe
He said, "How long have you been a Sergeant?"
Then I noticed three stripes on my sleeve.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
‘You are a very early inspector of mistresses.
‘Do you think I have adopted your habits?'
There were upon the bed no signs of a voluptuous encounter,
No signs of a second incumbent.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - X" by Ezra Pound
Morning at the beginning of the Frost-Moon of November,
The Inspector dons his glass outfit,
And makes a crossroad turn,
Where the autumn fountain stood.
Left alone, the inspector's turns an aggrieved one soon.
"Murder Case" by Sakutaro Hagiwara

In news:

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General ( OIG ) warns physicians to watch for promises or practices that could be problematic and trigger investigations.
A report by the Office of the Inspector General finds that the FBI reported two to three laptops lost or stolen per month during a 44-month period.
Ho's Import From China Caught On, But Some State Pedicure Inspectors Object.
The Bush administration's case against Iraq can be summed up in one sentence: Iraq has not led United Nations inspectors to the weapons Washington insists Baghdad is hiding.
The Pennsylvania House passed, and sent to the Senate, legislation that would authorize inspectors to begin random testing of octane levels in gasoline.
Critics were quick to compare this French spy spoof to "Austin Powers," but really, this international man of mirth has his comedic ancestors in Inspector Clouseau and Frank Drebin, from "The Pink Panther" and "The Naked Gun" franchises.
French secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath is like Inspector Closeau, Maxwell Smart and Lt Frank Drebin rolled into one, and given the 007-esque code name of OSS 117.
CMS suggests that the inspector general shift efforts to other areas of the program that might yield a higher return for the government.
The Defense Department's inspector general says he needs more staff and money to monitor sharply rising spending by the Pentagon on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the broader fight against terrorism.
Formerly of Leachville, died Tuesday at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Largo, Fla. She was the widow of Williams G Haney and was a retired fruit canning inspector.
Review by Department of the Army Inspector General Stanley Green.
It would like a part-time inspector, and Town Manager Paul Sieloff is talking with the county commissioners and Cape Cod Commission about that possibility.
Lawyers, legislators -- even a judge -- are annoyed by MnDOT's tight control of inspectors and others who have details on the 35W bridge.
Piazza di Giorgio Cafe at Galleria Mall, Pasha 's Brickell among five in South Florida cited by state inspectors.
Millions of dollars in Army payments made in Iraq and nearby countries, many in cash, have gone undocumented since 2001, says the Inspector General.
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In science:

In code inspection, inspectors examine a program module, line by line, looking for errors. In logic inspection for spreadsheets, inspectors examine all formula cells.
Recommended Practices for Spreadsheet Testing
Having multiple inspectors raises this detection rate substantially.
Recommended Practices for Spreadsheet Testing
Inspectors, working alone, examine the spreadsheet.
Recommended Practices for Spreadsheet Testing
Greater attention has been given to preparation and inspection rates. (cid:190) Basili & Perricone [1993] found that when preparation and inspections were done at 50 LPH, inspectors found errors in 1.6% of all lines of code.
Recommended Practices for Spreadsheet Testing
Butler describes the process used by a tax inspector concerned not just with the integrity of spreadsheet formulas but with the correctness of the data that is represented as a company's return of value-added tax (US: sales tax).
Information and Data Quality in Spreadsheets
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