aer·​a·​tor ˈer-ˌā-tər How to pronounce aerator (audio)
: one that aerates
especially : an apparatus for aerating something (such as sewage)

Examples of aerator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, customers should remove the faucet screens (aka, aerators) from the ends of their fixtures. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2023 Soak the aerator in a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, then use a brush to dislodge what's caught in the aerator screen. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 July 2022 Soak the aerator: If your sink has an aerator (a removable screen), unscrew it, soak it in vinegar and scrub to remove the mineral build-up. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 18 Jan. 2021 However, there are also stationary bins that need to be turned by hand and require a pitchfork or compost aerator to maintain your pile. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 8 Apr. 2023 This is the best electric wine opener for anyone who already has plenty of gadgets for their bar cart, but someone lacking other helpful tools, such as an aerator or preserver, may prefer a device with more features. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Jan. 2023 Hire a lawn company to do core aeration, which pulls up plugs of soil a few inches long; DIY aerators just poke solid spikes (like the tines of a fork) into the ground, which doesn’t actually introduce oxygenand can actually compress the soil. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 11 July 2023 The most extensive damage appeared to hit Lonoke County, particularly around Carlisle; the two big fish farms that need electricity to power aerators for their ponds struggled to keep their fish healthy. Cristina Larue, Arkansas Online, 1 July 2023 The aerator adjusts between three different stream settings and rotates to make washing your face, brushing your teeth, and even cleaning your sink a breeze. Stephanie Montes, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2023 See More

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Word History


aerate + -or entry 1

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aerator was in 1844

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“Aerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


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