Definition of generator
1 : one that generates: such asa : an apparatus in which vapor or gas is formedb : a machine by which mechanical energy is changed into electrical energy
2 : a mathematical entity that when subjected to one or more operations yields another mathematical entity or its elements; specifically : generatrix
Examples of generator in a sentence
This new product will be a major revenue generator.
a backup generator for the store
Did You Know?
Generators work by rotating a coil of wire in a magnetic field, causing a current to flow in the wire. A generator may be a huge spinning turbine powered by water, wind, steam, gas, or nuclear reactions, which sends electricity out through power lines to thousands of customers. But normally when we use the word, we're thinking of a small machine powered by gasoline or diesel, such as you might keep in your basement for those times when a storm knocks out your power, to create electricity right in front of your eyes. A special kind of generator called an alternator powers a car's electrical system (including its lights, power steering, etc.) while the car is running.
First Known Use of generator
GENERATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of generator for English Language Learners
: something that produces something; especially : a machine that produces electricity
GENERATOR Defined for Kids
Definition of generator for Students
: a machine that produces electricity
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