Definition of operator
3a : something and especially a symbol that denotes or performs a mathematical or logical operationb : a mathematical function
4 : a binding site in a DNA chain at which a genetic repressor binds to inhibit the initiation of transcription of messenger RNA by one or more nearby structural genes —called also operator gene — compare operon
Examples of operator in a Sentence
the operator of an automobile
the operator of a nuclear power plant
Call the operator for the phone number.
Operator, please connect me with extension 123.
She's quite an operator—no one else could have gotten them all to agree to the project.
Recent Examples of operator from the Web
Tour operators such as Jet2holidays have sent investigators to expose touts who encourage guests to make fraudulent claims.
Discovery, which generates about half its revenue outside the U.S., could help Scripps expand its international footprint, especially in Europe, where Scripps has acquired an interest in Polish TV operator TVN.
That gave the channel operator a market value of just under $10 billion.
The sun’s energy in some cases can heat molten salt to 490 degrees Celsius (914 degrees Fahrenheit), which allows operators to predict when electricity will flow.
Downs pleaded to using his position at the Sheriff's Department to solicit campaign donations from tow truck operators in a scheme to give more territory to those companies in exchange for the money, according to court documents.
The new law allows new passenger bus beverage permits — at the cost of $500 a year — that give operators of passenger buses the same right to sell alcohol that commercial planes have.
James notes that managing the use of renewables and batteries and other sustainable energy sources is a new challenge for electricity grid operators around the world.
His father retired as an operator in the metal fabrication department at the Buick factory of General Motors in Flint, Mich.
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First Known Use of operator
OPERATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of operator for English Language Learners
: a person who uses and controls something (such as a machine, device, or business) : someone who operates something
: a person whose job is to help to connect telephone calls : a person who is in charge of a telephone switchboard
: a person who is able to easily achieve things especially by persuading people or by being dishonest
OPERATOR Defined for Kids
Definition of operator for Students
1 : a person who manages or controls something a plow operator
2 : a person in charge of a telephone switchboard
3 : a person who is skillful at achieving things by persuasion or deception
Medical Definition of operator
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