dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \di-ˈstri-byü-tər, -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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All this has made Malauva a destination for a growing number of importers, distributors and wine fanatics flocking to Galicia to discover its viniculture. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Every so often, distributors and content producers will come to an impasse, resulting in channels being blacked out for subscribers while the two corporate monoliths sort things out. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Dish customers lose HBO in ongoing distribution dispute," 1 Nov. 2018 Any steep reduction, or outright suspension, of U.S. film imports could easily push China's annual box office growth into the red while also hurting local distributors and exhibitors, many of which are still aggressively expanding. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Hollywood Get Caught in Trump's China Trade War Crossfire?," 13 July 2018 Caveat: Judge Leon’s ruling blessing megamergers between distributors and content companies is a week old. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Maybe there won’t be a media merger frenzy after all," 20 June 2018 Diamonds flash equally under the sun and disco lights of all-night parties sponsored by wineries, tequila distributors and entire countries. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Diamonds, caviar and the Instagram-famous: Inside America's most exclusive food festival," 19 June 2018 Thursday's filing is the latest of several lawsuits Beshear has opened against opioid distributors and manufacturers in recent years. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear sues Walgreens for alleged role in opioid shipping, sales," 14 June 2018 They were sent to wholesalers, distributors and hospitals in the United states, Puerto Rico and Guam between February 2017 and February 2018. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "Naloxone recall due to particulate matter," 4 June 2018 These steps can include suppliers, distributors and processors where the lettuce was chopped and bagged, and then back to the farm or farms that could have grown the lettuce that ended up in those bags. NBC News, "Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak kills 4 more people," 1 June 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

: a device that sends electricity to the spark plugs of an engine


dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \di-ˈstri-byü-tər, -byə-\

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

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