sep·​a·​ra·​tor ˈse-pə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce separator (audio)
: 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 While Rice isn’t an outstanding separator downfield, his size, feel for the game, long arms (33 inches, 79th percentile among wideouts per MockDraftable) and strong hands offer starting potential for a team that needs a true outside receiver — especially if Bateman doesn’t return next year. C.j. Doon, Baltimore Sun, 23 Apr. 2024 Sewing up a major after capturing gold at the 2020 Olympics and winning seven other times on the PGA Tour is a separator between those in the conversation and those who create the conversation. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2024 The urine separator then diverts urine away from the solid waste, directing it into a separate container or an external leach field. Debbie Wolfe, Popular Science, 15 May 2024 The Denver area facility, just northwest of Charlotte, will manufacture battery separator components for North American customers. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 2 May 2024 George Spies, co-organizer with the rapid response group said the group would also like to see concrete curb separators. Kristin J. Bender, The Mercury News, 24 Apr. 2024 Each pot has soil separators on its bottom to encourage adequate airflow through the soil, which helps minimize the risk of mold and rot. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Apr. 2024 This Bacon Storage Box stores multiple bacon packs with a separator at the bottom to catch all the slime and grease. Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 And the engine’s ECM can also handle renewable diesel thanks to the injectors and mapping profiles, as well as a water separator in the fuel filter. Michael Van Runkle, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of separator was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Separator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


sep·​a·​ra·​tor ˈsep-ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce separator (audio)
: one that separates
especially : a device for separating liquids (as cream from milk) of different densities or liquids from solids

Medical Definition


sep·​a·​ra·​tor ˈsep-(ə-)ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce separator (audio)
: one that separates: as
: a device for separating liquids of different specific gravities (as cream from milk) or liquids from solids
: a dental appliance for separating adjoining teeth to give access to their surfaces

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