from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of the two persons who hold a surveyor's measuring chain.
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- n. One who wields a chain or measuring tape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. pl. chainmen (-men). A man who carries the chain used in surveying land; a chain-bearer.
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I had worked at various odd jobs in between— saw-mill hand, chainman on a surveying crow, and draftsman, for instance— and had travelled in North America, Europe and Asia.
The summer that I worked as a surveyor's chainman for my old high school math teacher, I discovered my disinterest in that sort of precision, and I rejoiced when the long, hot and sultry summer ended, allowing me to return to my college studies and more literary pursuits.
As if provided specially to meet the situation along had come Rutland's urgent wire to headquarters for a new chainman, one of his men having taken sick suddenly.
It was too dark to see the birches clearly, but the ex-chainman for the Rutland survey party knew they were there and how they looked; he had seen hundreds of such growths.
Buck was readily located in the country north of Arcata, and one of the operatives actually procured a job as chainman with his surveying gang, while the other kept Ogilvy and his secretary under surveillance.
"Great Scott! what is that?" cried a surveyor's chainman, shading his eyes and gazing at the fading line of agriculturist which bisected his visible horizon.
He raised his compass and followed the chainman to the Doyles 'door.
Glover chose for his companions two men: Dancing -- far and away the best climber in the telegraph corps, and Smith Young, roadmaster, a chainman of Glover's when he ran the Pilot line.
Young Spencer began his surveying work by carrying a flag, and soon he was advanced to "chainman."
The other chainman gave Carleton the leading end, intending that the