concentrator

noun

con·​cen·​tra·​tor ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrā-tər How to pronounce concentrator (audio)
: one that concentrates: such as
a
: an industrial plant that produces concentrates from ores
b
: a mirror or group of mirrors that focus sunlight for use as an energy source
c
: a device in a computer network that collects data from separate low-volume transmission channels and retransmits it over a single high-volume channel

Examples of concentrator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Power outages are particularly dangerous for those who use medical devices that require electricity such as CPAP machines, electric wheelchairs, electric heart pumps and oxygen concentrators. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 20 Jan. 2024 The lower-bandwidth uplink from each terminal's keyboard and screen went into the node's concentrator, which multiplexed their signals and sent them back collectively to the NIU over a single regular voice-grade telephone line, also at 1260 bps. Cameron Kaiser, Ars Technica, 17 Mar. 2023 That includes developing an app, where users can customize heat preferences, and a set of smart attachments, including a diffuser and a concentrator nozzle. Victoria Song, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 Coanda curling barrels, oval brush, paddle brush, concentrator, diffuser | Heat settings: 4 | Speed settings: 3 | Cord length: 8 ft. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 The Shark can do more in terms of drying and styling hair of all types, with two separate versions available for straight and curly hair, and a base that can be used as a hair dryer that attaches to curling barrels, brush heads, concentrators, and diffusers. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 For me, that means listening to an audio recording of my daughter’s oxygen concentrator. Kelly Cervantes, Fortune Well, 1 Dec. 2023 This classic tool is designed with three speed settings, four heat settings, a cold shot button, and three magnetic attachments — a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser — for ultimate customization and soft-to-the-touch results. Sarah Han, Allure, 22 Oct. 2023 Currently, the most efficient device made using three light absorbers under standard illumination—that is, without using lenses or other concentrators—has an efficiency of 39.5 percent. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of concentrator was in 1833

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“Concentrator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentrator. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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