from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who keeps watch over and directs the work of others, especially laborers.
- n. A supervisor or superintendent.
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- n. One who oversees or supervises. A supervisor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who oversees; a superintendent; a supervisor; ; specifically, one or certain public officers
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who overlooks; a superintendent; a supervisor; one who has the care or superintendence of any matter.
- n. Specifically, one who oversees or superintends workmen, especially slaves; one who has charge, under the owner or manager, of the work on a plantation, or, in Australia, on a station.
- n. A reviser; a critic.
- n. An executor or an adviser to an executor, formerly sometimes named in wills.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who directs and manages an organization
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And their bailiff, a serf, or some overseer from the German natives, gets the peasant under his thumb again.
The method of the overseer is short and simple: apart from considerations of morality, conscience, and divine retribution, it seemed a short road to the accomplishment of his purpose.
Mr. L —, who for the last two years has been his own overseer, is also active and energetic, and busy from morning till night, and while superintending the management of the estate, is indefatigable and unceasing in his pastoral duties among the people.
One morning after breakfast, in the presence of Lincoln, who had stayed with him over night, and who was on his way to town, he called his overseer and said to him:
When they were fairly out of sight of the troopers, she called the overseer to the side of the coach.
"There is a word 'overseer' -- slaves have them," he said cautiously.
Your overseer is now you — and if you haven't been able to develop that, you're gonna be fucked.
The word "bishop" – "episkopos" in Greek, which primarily means "overseer" -- has already in the New Testament been fused together with the biblical concept of shepherd: He is the one who, from a higher vantage point, considers the whole, concerning himself with the right path and of the cohesion of the whole.
It was now half past ten, and I headed the horses back, in the direction in which I thought the camp lay, that I might be ready to call the overseer to relieve me at eleven.
The very stony character of the country we had been lately traversing and the singularly hard nature of the stone itself, had caused the shoes to wear out very rapidly, and there was hardly a horse in the teams that did not now require new shoes; fortunately we had brought a very large supply with us, and my overseer was a skilful and expeditious farrier.