- a person who inspects; official examiner; overseer
- an officer on a police force, ranking next below a superintendent or police chief
- a fire department officer in charge of prevention of fires, as in public buildings
A heating inspector checks a boiler.
- A police officer who reports directly to the chief is an example of an inspector.
- A fire department officer who reviews public building to make sure they are safe against fire is an example of an inspector.
- A person who works in a factory and who checks the finished product to make sure that it lives up to the company's quality control standards is an example of an inspector.
The definition of an inspector is a police officer ranked below a police chief, a person in the fire department who is in charge of fire prevention, or a person who is entrusted with the authority to check something to determine quality.
nounAbbr. ins. or insp.
- One who is appointed or employed to inspect something.
- A police officer ranking next below superintendent.
- in·spec′to·ral in′spec·to′ri·al
From Latin in- + spectāre, to look.
- Schofield and inspector of rifle practice, with the rank of captain from 1892.
- "Chief Inspector Hercule O'Connor, at your service," he answered, with a bow.
- In 1861 he became inspector of the Academy of Paris, in 1864 professor of philosophy to the Faculty of Letters, and in 1874 a member of the French Academy.
- Either together or successively he held the offices of inspector of mines, professor at the School of Mines and at the Polytechnic School, assayer of gold and silver articles, professor of chemistry in the College de France and at the Jardin des Plantes, member of the Council of Industry and Commerce, commissioner on the pharmacy laws, and finally professor of chemistry to the Medical Faculty, to which he succeeded on Fourcroy's death in 1809.
- His contemporary Domenico Guglielmini (1655-1710), who was inspector of the rivers and canals at Bologna, had ascribed this diminution of velocity in rivers to transverse motions arising from inequalities in their bottom.