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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Recent Examples on the Web Thus far, the USDA has awarded $1.2 billion worth of contracts to distributors, out of $3 billion available overall. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest," 22 May 2020 The company has extended rental support to franchisee outlet owners during the lockdown and extended credit terms to distributors. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "How to be a CEO-from-home amid coronavirus lockdown," 20 Apr. 2020 Though draft beer kegs offer a much higher profit margin than a six-pack, Porter said Smog City’s ability to sell to large retail distributors has been a life preserver. Los Angeles Times, "Struggling amid the shutdown, L.A. craft breweries reinvent to survive," 16 Apr. 2020 Crops are typically planted in the spring, picked in the summer, and then sold to distributors or local retailers, from which food eventually gets to your plate. Miranda Green, The New Republic, "Don’t Worry About Supermarket Shelves. Worry About Farmers.," 30 Mar. 2020 Acme sells the electricity to distributors for 2.44 rupees (3.4 cents) a kilowatt-hour, a record low for solar power in India, a country that data trackers say has the world’s cheapest solar energy. ... Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Can Solar Power Compete With Coal? In India, It’s Gaining Ground," 17 Feb. 2020 Hook’s also is selling the cheese to distributors, and grocery stores such as Metcalfe’s Market, Whole Foods and Hy-Vee are likely to carry it. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hook's Cheese Co. will again release a 20-year cheddar, at $209 a pound; last one sold out," 9 Jan. 2020 Like the Eilish doc, Berg's Rihanna project was shopped to multiple distributors, with streamers making the most aggressive overtures. Tatiana Siegel, Billboard, "Rihanna Documentary Directed by Peter Berg Sells for $25M to Amazon," 12 Dec. 2019 His distributor in downtown Los Angeles suggested tapping into the extraordinarily busy grocery industry by supplying tuna steaks. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "From caviar to apple juice, coronavirus is changing the way the world feeds itself," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Distributor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributor. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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

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