dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -byə- \

Definition of distributor

1 : one that distributes
2 : one that markets a commodity especially : wholesaler
3 : an apparatus for directing the secondary current from the induction coil to the various spark plugs of an engine in their proper firing order

Examples of distributor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For every Covid-19 test, scientists use four pipette tips, Gabe Howell, who works at a lab supply distributor in San Diego, tells NPR. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Shortage of Plastic Pipette Tips Is Delaying Biology Research," 30 Apr. 2021 The distributor, in turn, will sell the products to stores. al, "No distributors: Alabama wineries could soon sell their wine directly to retailers," 30 Apr. 2021 The primary distributor shifts [between publishers and retailers] have changed the pipeline. Los Angeles Times, "5 Black comic book creators with 5 ways of seeing this inclusive superhero moment," 29 Apr. 2021 That plot tease courtesy of distributor NEON should whet the appetites of Cronenberg fans everywhere. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg are reuniting for a new movie," 29 Apr. 2021 The company sells around 75% of their bitters through distributor Young's Market Company, which helps get their product to bars around the state. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "'A devastating blow': Why this Arizona husband and wife are closing their bitters company," 28 Apr. 2021 Iconic Events has already become a significant distributor of live sports events and other unique and desirable fan favorite programs. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Iconic Events Envisions A Future For Theaters That’s More Than Just Movies," 28 Apr. 2021 TR International, a global chemical distributor, is moving from its home of more than two decades in downtown Seattle, crossing the county line to neighboring Edmonds. James Freeman, WSJ, "Seattle Residents: Fund the Police," 27 Apr. 2021 The vaccine’s Russian distributor said the vaccines were fake. BostonGlobe.com, "As US moves from scarcity to abundance of COVID-19 vaccine, other nations are calling for help," 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of distributor

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of distributor was in 1526

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3 May 2021

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“Distributor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributor. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of distributor

: a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods
technical : a device that sends electricity to the spark plugs of an engine


dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -byə- \

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: a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods

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