con·​vey·​or | \ kən-ˈvā-ər How to pronounce conveyor (audio) \
variants: or less commonly conveyer

Definition of conveyor

: one that conveys: such as
a : a person who transfers property
b usually conveyor : a mechanical apparatus for moving articles or bulk material from place to place (as by an endless moving belt or a chain of receptacles)

Examples of conveyor in a Sentence

the conveyor of good news
Recent Examples on the Web Ocean currents — undersea conveyor belts that help regulate Earth's climate and influence weather systems around the world — have been speeding up over the past two decades as the planet warms, according to new research. NBC News, "Climate change models predicted ocean currents would speed up — but not this soon," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent studies have found that a major Atlantic Ocean current—which ferries water back and forth from the equator to the Arctic, like a kind of gigantic conveyor belt—is slowing down. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Ocean Currents Are Speeding Up, Driven by Faster Winds," 6 Feb. 2020 This snowfall is the latest that has occurred this week as the upper level of the atmosphere acts like a conveyor belt bringing one snowfall after another to the region. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Another weekend snowstorm: Winter weather advisory expanded; up to 5 inches of snow could fall by Saturday morning," 24 Jan. 2020 Past a mile-wide, slow-sliding, horizontal conveyor of a billion invisible fish that cascades over the curve of the world. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Following a river of questions in eastern India," 16 Oct. 2019 Then it gets wrapped, sealed, and sent down a conveyor for boxing. Globe Staff,, "The birth of cool: The story behind the ice-cream sandwich, an icon at 120," 30 July 2019 To overcome this, the magnetic drum is located above a conveyor that's on a vibrating platform. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Last year, as the number of packages soared, one manager simply dialed up the speed on the conveyor belts in a delivery station, injuring workers and prompting an internal investigation, documents show. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside Documents Show How Amazon Chose Speed Over Safety in Building Its Delivery Network," 28 Dec. 2019 Monsivis' crash caused major damage in the baggage claim area to conveyor belts, the ceiling, windows, doors and the walls, totaling around $250,000, Piccolo told WWSB. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Video shows the moment a truck bulldozed into a Florida airport terminal," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of conveyor

circa 1514, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conveyor was circa 1514

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17 Feb 2020

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“Conveyor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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