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

From there, Emily rides up the first of many conveyor belts to begin the sorting of the mishmash of modern Montgomery life into its constituent parts. Dennis Pillion |,, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019 Inexpensive noodle and conveyor-belt sushi shops are plentiful, quick and fun. Andrew Bender,, "A trip to Japan with my teenage nephew leads to life lessons," 16 June 2019 Country: Belgium The Belgian conveyor belt of talent never stops, and the next youngster off the production line is 17-year-old midfielder Yari Vershaeren., "8 Players to Watch Out for at the 2019 Euro Under-21 Championship," 10 June 2019 Most of the sorting is automated, but there’s a physical conveyor belt staffed with employees who pick out trash, said Jackie Lang, senior area public affairs and communications manager for Waste Management. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How recycling works in Anchorage: Most of it ends up in the Lower 48," 7 June 2019 Encouraged, Vardakostas moved on to building the conveyor belt that would move the burger down an automated assembly line, the bun slicer and toaster, and the electric grill. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 Gamma Holding NV, a leading Dutch rival in the conveyor-belt industry, was bought by private-equity companies in at the beginning of the decade. Anthony Palazzo,, "Michelin to Buy U.K. Belt-Drive Maker Fenner for $1.7 Billion," 19 Mar. 2018 He wasn’t put on the conveyor belt to greatness. That’s inspiring, someone who works outside the system and still gets to the top of it. John Williams, New York Times, "Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Inside the Fevered Minds of Sports Fans," 18 Feb. 2018 Individual orders at Fresh Direct’s Bronx distribution center are packed in bins that speed between zones on conveyors equipped with thousands of sensors. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Inside FreshDirect’s Big Bet to Win the Home-Delivery Fight," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of conveyor

circa 1514, in the meaning defined above

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