radiator

noun
ra·​di·​a·​tor | \ ˈrā-dē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce radiator (audio) , dialectal ˈra-\

Definition of radiator

: one that radiates: such as
a : any of various devices (such as a series of pipes or tubes) for transferring heat from a fluid within to an area or object outside
b : a transmitting antenna

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Coolant circulates through the engine and absorbs engine heat, which is exchanged with the outside air by way of the radiator. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Your Car's Heater," 21 Feb. 2018 In addition to offering oil changes in about 15 minutes, Valvoline performs preventive maintenance services such as transmission, radiator and air-conditioning services; replacement of wiper blades and light bulbs; and tire rotation. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Victoria Beard, Texan Bank, Methodist Primary Care Group ink new locations," 19 July 2019 High-volume radiator plus oil and transmission coolers are all engineered for police duty. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 2019 At the moment, my son’s passion is melting crayons all over the living room radiator. Jason Gay, WSJ, "An Idiot’s Guide to Bribing and Cheating Your Way Into College," 13 Mar. 2019 The revised front also generates an air curtain that helps control turbulent wind from the front wheels and feeds cool air into the radiators behind the doors. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Lamborghini Huracán Evo is actually proof of intelligent design," 7 June 2019 Some of the glass tubes snake horizontally on the ground, while others are arranged in vertical rows like giant green radiators. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 It was constructed in the 1920s as a radiator factory, making products that replaced the uneven heat of fireplaces with metal furniture that produced an even, emanating warmth. Don Hall And Dave Beal, Twin Cities, "Hall, Beal: Resurrecting the spirit of St. Paul’s entrepreneurial legacy," 16 June 2019 This is his battlefield against cogwheels, fan belts, carburetors and radiators, spark plugs, and batteries. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of radiator

1836, in the meaning defined above

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radiator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of radiator

: a large, metal device that is next to the wall in a room and that becomes hot and provides heat for the room when hot water passes through it
: a device that is used to keep the engine of a vehicle from getting too hot

radiator

noun
ra·​di·​a·​tor | \ ˈrā-dē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce radiator (audio) \

Kids Definition of radiator

: a device to heat air (as in a room) or to cool an object (as an automobile engine) by heating the surrounding air

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