/sap"euhr/, n.
a soldier employed in the construction of fortifications, trenches, or tunnels that approach or undermine enemy positions.
[1620-30; SAP2 + -ER1]

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Military engineer.

The name is derived from the French word sappe ("trench"), which became connected with military engineering in the 17th century, when attackers dug covered trenches to approach the walls of a besieged fort and also undermined the walls by tunneling beneath them. In modern armies, sappers provide tactical support by carrying out construction, including earthworks, portable bridges, and tank traps; build major facilities such as airports, supply roads, fuel depots, and barracks; and handle additional tasks, including disarming and disposing of land mines and unexploded bombs and preparing and distributing maps.

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▪ British writer
pseudonym of  Herman Cyril Mcneile  
born Sept. 28, 1888, Bodmin, Cornwall, Eng.
died Aug. 14, 1937, West Chiltington, Sussex

      British soldier and novelist who won immediate fame with his thriller Bull-Dog Drummond (1920), subtitled “The Adventures of a Demobilized Officer Who Found Peace Dull.” Sapper published numerous popular sequels, but none had the impact and merit of the original.

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  • Sapper — Sap per, n. [Cf. F. sapeur.] One who saps; specifically (Mil.), one who is employed in working at saps, building and repairing fortifications, and the like. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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