pro·​jec·​tor prə-ˈjek-tər How to pronounce projector (audio)
: one that plans a project
specifically : promoter
: one that projects: such as
: a device for projecting a beam of light
: an optical instrument for projecting an image upon a surface
: a machine for projecting motion pictures on a screen
: an imagined line from an object to a surface along which projection takes place

Examples of projector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The starter set comes with three books from the Golden Books line and a Poky Little Puppy character, which emits additional light effects when the projector is in night-light mode. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 20 Feb. 2024 Here’s where to stream the rest of the 2024 Oscar nominees for Best Picture—no IMAX 70mm projector required. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 If your knowledge of a total solar eclipse extends about as far as a DIY pinhole projector, a brief refresher: When the moon passes between the sun and earth and blocks the view of the sun, that’s when a total solar eclipse takes place. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2024 For the best backyard movie night viewings, pair the projector with an outdoor movie screen. Jessica Comstock, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2024 Two large indoor palms flanked the stage, and a row of creeping plants hung over a projector screen. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 An outdoor projector is in the works for spring along with more fake turf and lawn chairs, but everything until New Year’s is considered a soft opening, Gouddou said. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Watch the matches on widescreen projectors from the bar. Chloe Herring, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The tent also comes with a space projector flashlight that displays planets and stars on the tent’s walls or the ceiling. Tanya Edwards, Parents, 25 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of projector was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Projector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


pro·​jec·​tor prə-ˈjek-tər How to pronounce projector (audio)
: a machine for projecting an image or pictures upon a surface
a motion-picture projector
a slide projector

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