accelerator

noun

ac·​cel·​er·​a·​tor ik-ˈse-lə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce accelerator (audio)
ak-
plural accelerators
: one that accelerates: such as
a
: a muscle or nerve that speeds the performance of an action
b
: a device (such as a gas pedal) for increasing the speed of a motor vehicle engine
c
: a substance that speeds a chemical reaction
d
: an apparatus for imparting high velocities to charged particles (such as electrons)
e
: an item of computer hardware that increases the speed at which a program or function operates
a graphics accelerator

Examples of accelerator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nvidia today commands an ecosystem of hardware and software solutions that rivals from AMD to Intel Corp. are trying hard to break up or replicate, thanks to its dominant share of the market for the high-end accelerators used to train AI. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 June 2024 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is pressing the accelerator on its rollout of electric school buses. Rebecca Noel, Charlotte Observer, 7 June 2024 In the event of your vehicle hydroplaning, here’s what to know: • Ease off the accelerator — Step off the gas to slow down the vehicle until the tires find traction. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 The full extent of what can be done with these AI accelerators will likely only be known in time. Michael Justin Allen Sexton, PCMAG, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for accelerator 

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Word History

Etymology

accelerate + -or entry 1

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accelerator was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Accelerator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accelerator. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

accelerator

noun
ac·​cel·​er·​a·​tor ik-ˈsel-ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce accelerator (audio)
ak-
1
: one that accelerates
2
: a device (as a pedal) in a motor vehicle used to control the speed of the motor
3
: a device that is used to give high velocities to charged particles (as electrons and protons)

Medical Definition

accelerator

noun
ac·​cel·​er·​a·​tor ik-ˈsel-ə-ˌrāt-ər, ak- How to pronounce accelerator (audio)
: one that accelerates: as
a
: a muscle or nerve that speeds the performance of an action
a cardiac accelerator
b
: a substance that speeds a chemical reaction
c
: an apparatus for imparting high velocities to charged particles (as electrons)

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