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noun gen·er·a·tor \ˈje-nə-ˌrā-tər\

Simple Definition of generator

  • : something that produces something; especially : a machine that produces electricity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of generator

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a mathematical entity that when subjected to one or more operations yields another mathematical entity or its elements; specifically :  generatrix

Examples of generator in a sentence

  1. This new product will be a major revenue generator.

  2. a backup generator for the store



Did You Know?

Generators work by rotating a coil of wire in a magnetic field, causing a current to flow in the wire. A generator may be a huge spinning turbine powered by water, wind, steam, gas, or nuclear reactions, which sends electricity out through power lines to thousands of customers. But normally when we use the word, we're thinking of a small machine powered by gasoline or diesel, such as you might keep in your basement for those times when a storm knocks out your power, to create electricity right in front of your eyes. A special kind of generator called an alternator powers a car's electrical system (including its lights, power steering, etc.) while the car is running.

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First Known Use of generator

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GENERATOR Defined for Kids

generator

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noun gen·er·a·tor \ˈje-nə-ˌrā-tər\

Definition of generator for Students

  1. :  a machine that produces electricity





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