con·​vey·​or | \kən-ˈvā-ər \
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

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In just over an hour the containers are inside, their contents on the conveyors. Barry D. Wood, USA TODAY, "'Mini-Memphis': Inside FedEx's bustling hub in China," 10 May 2018 Wilmot Mountain made a similar dollar investment in renovations, adding a dedicated children’s learning center where kids can take lessons and use easy-to-ride surface conveyors. Carla Minsky For, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skedaddle to a Ski Hill or Trail," 7 Jan. 2018 On top of that, the conveyors move automatically, and cleverly route empty bins back to the stations for the next people who are anxious to get going. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Here You Go TSA, Delta Fixed Security Checkpoints For You," 27 May 2016 Woks stand in a row beneath a conveyor belt, which automatically delivers the correct ingredients to each. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Ball bearings are used in a broad range of goods including cars, tractors, trains and conveyor belts. Chao Deng, WSJ, "From Movies to Cars, Companies Reckon With Battle Over Trade," 6 July 2018 But the unending conveyor belt of affirmative action plaintiffs means that the justices will never want for an opportunity to revisit their most recent take on the subject. Jay Willis, GQ, "The Trump Administration Is Hell-Bent on Ending Affirmative Action," 3 July 2018 So is there an interstellar conveyor belt seeding life throughout the galaxy? Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Wild new alien theory emerges," 28 June 2018 Think of these like a series of gates, through which the car-carrying conveyor belt runs. Alex Davies, WIRED, "How Tesla Is Building Cars in Its Parking Lot," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of conveyor

circa 1514, in the meaning defined above

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