con·​cen·​tra·​tor | \ ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrā-tər How to pronounce concentrator (audio) \

Definition of concentrator

: 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

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Synhelion is using solar concentrators to drive the thermochemical conversion of CO2 into syngas as a precursor to hydrocarbon fuels. Javier Garcia Martinez, Scientific American, "Artificial Leaf Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel," 26 June 2017 Our curly testers, in particular, were enamored with its power for styling and straightening; the dryer's included diffuser and concentrator offer extra flexibility for any hair type. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1900 Turbo Blow Dryer," 31 July 2012 Known as Aviator Breathing Oxygen, ABO is passed from a concentrator through piping to an oxygen monitor and then to a regulator connected to the pilot's breathing mask. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Hypoxia Threatens Navy and Air Force Pilots, and the Threat Is Growing," 25 June 2017 Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the corrections department, said the system the state is designing to replace the brine concentrator is intended to be easier to operate and repair. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Bottled water tab at a California prison has hit $46,000 a month," 2 July 2018 Its brine concentrator, which brings the water up to drinking standards, is unreliable and difficult to fix. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Bottled water tab at a California prison has hit $46,000 a month," 2 July 2018 Electricity is needed there to power lifesaving oxygen concentrators and baby warmers. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 5.13.2018 Issue," 13 May 2018 To compensate, Kessler wears a small, 6-pound backpack containing a portable oxygen concentrator (POC). Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Lung disease leaves this 70-year-old breathless, but it won’t keep her out of the Gold Nugget Triathlon," 19 May 2018 McGregor is what’s called a business, entrepreneurship and organization concentrator major. John Maffei,, "Alumni report: Brown offers perfect combo of academics, softball," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of concentrator

1833, in the meaning defined above

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