generator

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
gen•er•a•tor /ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Electricitya machine that converts one form of energy into another, esp. mechanical energy into electrical energy:a car's generator.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
gen•er•a•tor  ( jenə rā′tər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Electricitya machine that converts one form of energy into another, esp. mechanical energy into electrical energy, as a dynamo, or electrical energy into sound, as an acoustic generator.
  2. a person or thing that generates.
  3. Chemistryan apparatus for producing a gas or vapor.
  4. Mathematics
    • an element or one of a set of elements from which a specified mathematical object can be formed by applying certain operations.
    • an element, as a line, that generates a figure.
  5. Computinga program that produces a particular type of output on demand, as random numbers, an application program, or a report.
  • Latin generātor producer, equivalent. to generā(re) (see generate) + -tor -tor
  • 1640–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

generator /ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtə/ n
  1. any device for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction, esp a large one as in a power station
  2. a device for producing a voltage electrostatically
  3. an apparatus for producing a gas
  4. a person or thing that generates



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