sep·​a·​ra·​tor | \ ˈse-pə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce separator (audio) , ˈse-ˌprā-tər \

Definition of separator

: one that separates especially : a device for separating liquids of different specific gravities (such as cream from milk) or liquids from solids

Examples of separator in a Sentence

the toddler insisted on a dinner plate with separators so that different foods would never touch one another
Recent Examples on the Web Defense was their biggest positive separator, as usual. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The great separator has been the performance with runners in scoring position., 22 Oct. 2021 Actual data about the snouts and ears of the many types of cats and dogs almost certainly can’t be divided by a linear separator. Quanta Magazine, 11 Oct. 2021 Heading into his 11th season, Dalton’s experience — 142 regular-season starts — is a separator. Dan Wiederer,, 27 July 2021 And then there is the separator, that one horrific, life-changing moment that Zach Cone, the Rangers’ second pick in 2011, and Jonathan Taylor, the 33rd rounder, share. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 19 June 2021 Working over the sink, pour the juices that have accumulated in the foil packages into a large measuring cup, fat separator or bowl. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 Battery materials includes the separator which prevents short circuits. Ralph Jennings, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The container holds a cup of liquid and the flip top design can be used as an egg yolk separator or a grater on the other side for garlic, potato, or ginger. Chris Hachey, BGR, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of separator

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of separator was in 1607

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7 Nov 2021

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“Separator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of separator

: someone or something that separates two or more things from each other


sep·​a·​ra·​tor | \ ˈsep-(ə-)ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce separator (audio) \

Medical Definition of separator

: one that separates: as
a : a device for separating liquids of different specific gravities (as cream from milk) or liquids from solids
b : a dental appliance for separating adjoining teeth to give access to their surfaces

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