aerator

noun
aer·​a·​tor | \ˈer-ˌā-tər \

Definition of aerator 

: one that aerates especially : an apparatus for aerating something (such as sewage)

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Twist an inexpensive, low-flow aerator onto the tip of your kitchen faucet. Jessica Press, Redbook, "10 Tips to Be Green without Trying Too Hard," 13 Apr. 2011 Baffle curtains and aerators were added to the lagoon to improve treatment results. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Sewage problems still plague Uniontown after $4.8 million in repairs," 20 Apr. 2018 The channels created by the aerator allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate to the grass roots. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Don’t fertilize your lawn ... yet. It’s compost time," 9 Mar. 2018 Residents and the hospitality industry have gotten creative, using water from ice buckets and other non-potable sources to mop floors and adding aerators to water taps to limit water flow by literally adding air to the stream. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cape Town Has Avoided 'Day Zero,' But Water Conservation Is Still in Effect," 15 Mar. 2018 Home Depot and Quality Organic are among the companies that have aerators for rent. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Don’t fertilize your lawn ... yet. It’s compost time," 9 Mar. 2018 Rent an aerator that cuts the plugs out of the soil and deposits them on the soil surface. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Don’t fertilize your lawn ... yet. It’s compost time," 9 Mar. 2018 Everyone is cutting back: Many restaurants are limiting guests to one glass of water; using water from ice buckets to mop floors; and adding aerators to water taps to literally add air and limit water flow. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cape Town's Best Restaurant to Become 'Drought Kitchen' Pop-Up," 23 Feb. 2018 Joshua Freed, a spokesman for the carrier, said American Airlines has fixed the problem with the sinks by installing aerators on the faucet to cut the strength of the water flow. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "American Airlines flight attendants complain about the tiny bathrooms on the 737 MAX," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of aerator

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aerator

aerate + -or entry 1

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aerator

noun
aer·​a·​tor | \ˈa(-ə)r-ˌāt-ər, ˈe(-ə)r- \

Medical Definition of aerator 

: one that aerates especially : an apparatus for aerating something (as sewage)

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