con·cen·tra·tor | \ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrā-tər \

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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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 Her focus is on luminescent solar concentrators, which absorb the wavelengths of light that solar panels cannot turn into electricity. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "What Science and Technology Lose If We Lose the Dreamers," 27 Feb. 2018 Josh's new dryer has an 11-foot extension cord and also comes with a long nozzle concentrator for those who prefer to grip that part of their dryer. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Harry Josh Is Releasing an Ultra Light Version of His Award-Winning Hair Dryer," 2 Oct. 2017 Federal health officials also analyzed Medicare claims to provide Texas officials with the likely addresses of homebound people who rely on power-dependent ventilators, oxygen concentrators and electric wheelchairs, among other needs. Author: Sheri Fink And Alan Blinder, Alaska Dispatch News, "Houston’s hospitals treat storm victims and become victims themselves," 28 Aug. 2017

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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