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

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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 When a battery is discharged, lithium-ions flow through the electrolyte from the negative anode to the positive cathode, which are partitioned by a permeable separator to prevent a short circuit. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Batteries of the Future Are Weightless and Invisible," 6 Nov. 2020 That's where a fat separator comes in handy, such as the Cuisipro Four-Cup Fat Separator. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "19 items you need from Walmart for a successful Thanksgiving," 3 Nov. 2020 An impact defender with NBA size, length and athleticism to guard multiple positions, shooting was Vassell’s separator from the other two. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "2020 NBA Draft: Does Devin Vassell’s altered shooting motion change top 5 potential?," 16 Oct. 2020 Remove turkey and vegetables from pan; strain pan drippings into fat separator (or measuring cup). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy," 8 Sep. 2020 Rogue lithium also tends to build up dangerous, branching, needle-like structures that can pierce the separator between the anode and cathode and short-circuit the cell. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Tesla research partnership progresses on new battery chemistry," 14 Aug. 2020 It’s a separator, of sorts, from those who are content merely to compete at the highest level to those who want more from it. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Tigers' Spencer Turnbull looks ready for a breakout 2020 season," 11 July 2020 Relocating this key is a problem on Windows, because the backslash is the directory separator when typing out paths on the command line or in the Explorer address bar. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "We bought Walmart’s $140 laptop so you wouldn’t have to," 21 June 2020 That has meant setting up a separate area at almost all Chipotle restaurants dedicated solely to online orders while in-store orders are prepared before the customer from behind plexiglass separators. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Chipotle’s past food crises prepared it for the COVID-19 outbreak," 27 May 2020

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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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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Separator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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