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

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Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration wants importers, suppliers, distributors and other food service providers to halt sales across all states of papayas imported from Mexico. Ryan Prior, CNN, "62 people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to fresh papayas," 28 June 2019 Koch Foods and other top chicken companies — Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms and Perdue Farms — are fighting multiple lawsuits from retailers, distributors and farmers accusing them of conspiring to fix prices. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "How a Top Chicken Company Cut Off Black Farmers, One by One," 26 June 2019 The recalled product was distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide, including Walmart. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Pillsbury flour among the recalled brands in multistate E. coli outbreak," 17 June 2019 This model provides a starting point for farmers, distributors, and hospitality professionals to work together in order to build a food system that is completely in compliance with both state and federal law. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants," 15 June 2019 DistroLock additionally includes an API that will allow other distributors and streaming platforms to validate the authenticity of music uploaded to their own platforms. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "DistroKid Teams With Audible Magic to Combat Streaming Piracy," 12 June 2019 Kenya’s penalties are the world’s most punitive, with manufacturers, importers, distributors, and users facing up to $38,000 in fines or four years in prison. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Plastic bag bans are spreading. But are they truly effective?," 17 Apr. 2019 Mark Allen, chief executive of the International Foodservice Distribution Association, a Washington trade group, said that if funding ran out, distributors wouldn’t be able to absorb the costs indefinitely. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Amid Shutdown, Schools Worry Meal Programs Will Run Out of Cash," 25 Jan. 2019 The federal lawsuits say drug manufacturers overstated the benefits and downplayed the risks of addiction when treating pain with opioids, and that drug distributors failed to properly monitor suspicious orders of painkillers. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Cleveland judge in opioid litigation says trial prep is aiding in settlement talks with Big Pharma," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of distributor

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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