• WordNet 3.6
    • n supervisor a program that controls the execution of other programs
    • n supervisor one who supervises or has charge and direction of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Supervisor A spectator; a looker-on.
    • Supervisor One who supervises; an overseer; an inspector; a superintendent; as, a supervisor of schools.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n supervisor One who supervises; an overseer; an inspector; a superintendent: as, the supervisor of a coal-mine; a supervisor of the customs or of the excise.
    • n supervisor A spectator; a looker-on.
    • n supervisor One who reads over, as for correction.
    • n supervisor In some of the United States, an elected officer of a township or town having principal charge of its administrative business. The affairs of a township are managed in some States by a board of supervisors, in some by a single supervisor; in the latter case, the supervisor of the town is only one of a number of town officers, but his concurrent action with one or more of the others is often required, and the supervisors of all the townships in a county constitute together the county board, charged with the administrative business of the county.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Supervisor one who supervises: an overseer: an inspector:
    • Supervisor (Shak.) a spectator
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  • Jan Carlzon
    Jan Carlzon
    “Problems are solved on the spot, as soon as they arise. No front-line employee has to wait for a supervisor's permission.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. super, over, vidēre, visum, to see.


In literature:

For many weeks he does not even see his supervisor.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Howard was to be a supervisor.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Later, Dr. Stephenson acted for a brief period as supervisor of the Burnside Estate.
"McGill and its Story, 1821-1921" by Cyrus Macmillan
B. Whalen, the Marconi supervisor.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Hanscom was greatly cheered by the presence of his chief, Supervisor Rawlins, who came into the coroner's office about a quarter to ten.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Road Supervisor, Honolulu, W. H. Cummings.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
He felt queer, acting as the supervisor of an educational institution in space.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Here again the sane teacher can be an efficient supervisor.
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
But here we are at the supervisor's office.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
In the State Hospital at Trenton over eighty women are employed, including four supervisors, a librarian, stenographers, nurses, etc.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various

In news:

The Madison County Board of Supervisors has given the green light to a kennel proposed for Route 618 in the Leon area.
Dorr supervisor says she 'slept well' after $325,000 property purchase.
Sherry Kuyt Dorr Township Supervisor Tammy VanHaitsma.
JAMES CITY – One of three former supervisors living in Powhatan District is interested in the vacant Board of Supervisors seat.
The Board of Supervisors got a dressing down during a hearing on a proposed San Francisco public nudity ban.
A driving range and a condo project, recommended for approval last month by the Bedford County Planning Commission, received the final go ahead from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.
Third District Supervisor Mark Lovelace.
Delgaudio said he makes $40,000 a year as a supervisor.
Supervisors threaten to take over process.
Supervisors have threatened to take over this year's election operation if members of the Hinds County Election Commission don't start playing nice.
County supervisor since 1980, he wants to extend his stay on the board by lengthening term limits.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is shown at a board meeting in April.
San Luis Obispo, CA — Two major happenings occurred at the SLO County Board of Supervisor's meeting yesterday.
Tusten supervisor Carol Wingert stands next to a display of pictures produced during a 1996 study of a revitalization plan for the Big Eddy.
In addition, the TBEA membership has elected 27 new directors and nine supervisors.

In science:

There exists a nonblocking supervisor S such that L(S/G) = L(S ||G) = K if and only if
Hybrid 3-D Formation Control for Unmanned Helicopters
Ki , where Υ is the coupling relation between the initial states of supervisor S and the plant G.
Hybrid 3-D Formation Control for Unmanned Helicopters
Now, using the parallel composition and the above corollary, we will design the supervisor for reaching the formation, keeping the formation, and collision avoidance modularly.
Hybrid 3-D Formation Control for Unmanned Helicopters
Figure 10: Collision avoidance supervisor, SC .
Hybrid 3-D Formation Control for Unmanned Helicopters
Upon crossing the detection elements, a plant symbol, ˆd([i, j, k ], [i′ , j ′ , k ′ ]), is generated, which informs the supervisor about the current situation of the plant.
Hybrid 3-D Formation Control for Unmanned Helicopters