dis·​crim·​i·​na·​tor di-ˈskri-mə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce discriminator (audio)
: one that discriminates
especially : a circuit that can be adjusted to accept or reject signals of different characteristics (such as amplitude or frequency)

Examples of discriminator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, of course, discriminators rarely say the quiet part out loud. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 Skin is a poor discriminator of frequency. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Nov. 2021 The other, the discriminator, attempts to detect the frauds by analyzing a long list of criteria like color, texture and sharpness. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2021 This creates a cat-and-mouse game where the discriminator’s job is to differentiate between real samples and reconstructed samples. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 1 Nov. 2022 Exploratory quantum resonance spectrometer as a discriminator for psychiatric affective disorders. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2014 Relevance to Lockheed military markets is the core discriminator in determining where bets are placed, but the innovations receiving venture capital typically involve dual-use technologies. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The generator learns the channel distribution jointly with a discriminator that teaches the generator to capture the most relevant wireless features in the model. Karl Freund, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Ultimately, the discriminator was unable to distinguish a real face from a fake one. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of discriminator was in 1828

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“Discriminator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discriminator. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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