pro·​jec·​tor | \ prə-ˈjek-tər How to pronounce projector (audio) \

Definition of projector

1 : one that plans a project specifically : promoter
2 : one that projects: such as
a : a device for projecting a beam of light
b : an optical instrument for projecting an image upon a surface
c : a machine for projecting motion pictures on a screen
3 : 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 In projection, a person essentially replaces the person being projected upon with a version of her (the projector’s) self. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Alison Bechdel’s Ultimate Workout," 3 May 2021 But while most of these movies were screened in our finished basement on a standard 43-inch flat screen, the projector paved the way for loftier possibilities. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "How a movie projector helped elevate our family movie night during lockdown," 1 May 2021 The projector will also have JMGO’s Luna operating system, which features Amazon Alexa voice control, as well as Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "The Camera Geniuses at Leica Just Unveiled the Brand’s First 4K Ultra-Short-Throw Projector," 29 Apr. 2021 Empower the projector, and someone disempower the lights. James Lileks, Star Tribune, "Lileks: If there's no office, can we dump office jargon?," 14 Feb. 2021 The diamonds, first sketched with a pencil using a projector screen at night before spray painted with color during the day, shine in the sunlight and glow in the dark on Westminster Street., "Who painted utility boxes in Providence? The story - and artists - behind them," 27 Apr. 2021 To get started, connect the projector to your phone with the same Wi-Fi network or by plugging in an HDMI cable. Greta Good, Chron, "Plan the best backyard movie nights ever with this on-sale projector," 14 Apr. 2021 Before the shed shut down for the winter, the family watched movies on the pull-down projector screen while enjoying snacks and Capri Suns from the mini-fridge. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, "In an unrelenting year, these five families used DIY plans to create room for silence, storage and solace," 5 Apr. 2021 Oddly enough, the base e-tron has better performing LED projector low-beam and LED reflector high-beam headlights. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Every New 2021 Crossover and SUV with the Best Safety Ratings," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of projector

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Projector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of projector

: a machine that projects a movie or picture onto a screen


pro·​jec·​tor | \ prə-ˈjek-tər How to pronounce projector (audio) \

Kids Definition of projector

: a machine for producing images on a screen

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