: one that generates: as
a : an apparatus in which vapor or gas is formed
b : a machine by which mechanical energy is changed into electrical energy
: a mathematical entity that when subjected to one or more operations yields another mathematical entity or its elements; specifically : generatrix
Examples of GENERATOR
- This new product will be a major revenue generator.
- a backup generator for the store
First Known Use of GENERATOR
Related to GENERATOR
- author, begetter, creator, establisher, founder, founding father, father, inaugurator, initiator, instituter (or institutor), originator, sire
Rhymes with GENERATOR
, dura mater
, figure skater
, in-line skater
, pia mater
, roller skater
, Sunset Crater
generator noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Machine that converts mechanical energy to electricity for transmission and distribution over power lines to domestic, commercial, and industrial customers. Generators also produce the electric power required for automobiles, aircraft, ships, and trains. The mechanical power for an electric generator is usually obtained from a rotating shaft and is equal to the shaft torque multiplied by the rotational, or angular, velocity (speed). The mechanical power may come from various sources: turbines powered by water, wind, steam, or gas; gasoline engines; or diesel engines.
Alternating-current (AC) and direct-current (DC) generators (top and bottom, respectively). The
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