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often as modifier A deposit of sand or gravel in the bed of a river or lake, containing particles of valuable minerals.‘placer gold deposits’
- ‘This province is among the leaders in lode gold production and is also a significant source of placer gold.’
- ‘There is also the situation with placer reserves.’
- ‘This is followed by chapters devoted to the general characteristics of bedrock and placer gold.’
- ‘Because of their resistance to weathering, they accumulate on shale slopes and sometimes form small placer deposits in stream beds.’
- ‘Thus gold can be mined either from lode or from placer deposits.’
- ‘These pioneer prospectors practiced surface mining, obtaining gold from the alluvial deposits called placers.’
- ‘Prices will fluctuate and, for low-end matrix specimens and most placer gold, will be keyed to the prevailing spot price of gold.’
- ‘Erosion of the rocks around the dikes created Arizona's richest placer deposits, and the site of Arizona's greatest gold rush.’
- ‘Gold is found in a wide variety of geologic settings, but placer gold and gold veins are the most economically important.’
- ‘This work has helped to increase the efficiency and profitability of Yukon placer mines in spite of rising production costs and low gold prices.’
- ‘The state heavily pushed gold miners toward it; a special governmental decree even authorized free placer gold prospecting and mining.’
- ‘Prospectors equipped with picks, shovels, and the ubiquitous gold pans searched for placer deposits - loose flakes and nuggets that have eroded and washed into streams.’
- ‘Fourteen specimens are obviously from placer deposits.’
- ‘However, the Colombian mines remained the only source of platinum until the discovery of the Russian placer deposits in the 1820s.’
- ‘Currently, some of the known deposits (mainly bar placers with easily recoverable gold) are mined by prospector cooperatives.’
- ‘Lode gold deposits and related placers located in the southern part of the upper Yana basin form a special group.’
- ‘Other exhibits focus on placer and lode deposits, major gold rushes, and uses of gold through the centuries.’
- ‘For example, about 80 percent of the world's tin deposits occur as unconsolidated placer deposits in riverbeds and on the seafloor.’
- ‘Under the YPA and Mining Land Use Regulations, placer miners must restore the land and any fish-bearing streams.’
- ‘A knob of the granite that is known as Granite Mountain is a prominent landmark, and most of the placer deposits are in washes draining this feature.’
Early 19th century: from Latin American Spanish, literally ‘deposit, shoal’; related to placel ‘sandbank’, from plaza ‘a place’.
1with modifier A person or animal gaining a specified position in a competition or race.‘last year's fifth placer had a good run’
- ‘The first placers of this race received instant 1000 baht prize money and were very happy for their first piece of luck in the races.’
- ‘A section of experts have been saying that since Pakistan beat India without him, there is hardly any need of a world class placer who might create problems for the team management.’
- ‘The Wicklow placer raced into a 7-nil lead, but the young Moone player got more into the game and was soon on level terms with some great service and passing shots.’
- ‘There are also $60 satellite games held on most days once the main game has finished, during which the top ten placers win a free seat!’
- ‘The second and third placers will receive $1,500 and $1,000.’
- ‘Nonetheless, I do firmly believe that with all that money pouring in, the English FA could spread it around to all the teams, with the lowest placers getting a slightly larger percentage.’
- ‘Iron Jay is urging all the top placers from the Olympia to compete at the Arnold.’
- ‘Sunday early evening saw a dinner at Nang Nual Restaurant in Jomtien where officials handed out trophies to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placers in each class.’
- ‘Indeed, for the third and fourth placers, it was their first trips outside their home land.’
- ‘Before the finals they organized a betting pool on who the top two placers would be.’
- ‘Among the first of the top placers to test their mettle against the course was O'Connor on the mare Wyndham, who came home with only 2.6 time penalties.’
- ‘Instead, a micro Ducati motorcycle would be taking the top placer on his victory lap.’
- ‘Unlike other events where only the top placers get awards, everyone who finishes gets an award.’
- ‘He was third in the hammer won by Hull's Smith, but with the second placer from Southern Ireland he secured the second international spot.’
2A person who positions, sets, or arranges something.‘he was a shrewd placer of the ball’
- ‘Cwla members understood that commercial child placers frequently appealed more effectively than they did to birth mothers, and knew they had to compete more vigorously.’
- ‘He had a strong, consistent serve, he was an accurate placer of the ball, and could lob and volley with equal panache.’
- ‘Child placers who acted out of ignorance were all too prone to confusing love with money, and those motivated by money obviously overlooked love entirely.’
- ‘His strong points were as a microphone placer and a recorder - he really captured some really great sounds on tape.’
- ‘One could be a shooter, one could be a back-up shooter in case the shooter's balls go, and a placer as well as a back-up shooter.’
- ‘Second, they are acknowledging you are a good placer.’
- ‘Sometimes the producers went to absurd lengths to protect their advertisers and product placers, pixelating one of the inmates T-shirts to cover up a rival furniture product.’
- ‘Like testers intent on detecting feeble-mindedness among students, immigrants, and soldiers, child placers welcomed intelligence as a proxy for social status.’
- ‘Kinship by design allowed agency workers to distinguish themselves from both commercial and humanitarian child placers.’
- ‘For example, many ad placers wrote that they enjoyed walks by the beach though their Utica, New York, town is 170 miles from the Atlantic.’
- ‘In the early years of the century, there were hundreds of child placers in the United States.’
- ‘Until standards were firmly in place, child placers would stumble along with nothing to guide them but trial and error.’
- ‘Personals placers aren't exactly defying defined cultural roles; most women wrote ads seeking economic security, while men sought younger, attractive partners.’
- 2.1 A person who puts the material ready for firing in a pottery kiln.
- ‘Telling tales about working as a pottery placer at Gladstone Pottery Museum during Victorian times, he has been entertaining audiences of all ages.’
3British informal A dealer in stolen goods.
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