sim·​u·​la·​tor | \ˈsim-yə-ˌlā-tər \

Definition of simulator 

: one that simulates especially : a device that enables the operator to reproduce or represent under test conditions phenomena likely to occur in actual performance

Examples of simulator in a Sentence

a flight simulator used by pilots

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Farchione says treatment for the condition is increasingly moving toward helping patients reframe their fear response, and adds that virtual reality flight simulators may help as well. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why Some People Have a Crippling Fear of Flying — and How They Can Overcome It," 6 July 2018 Rhodes Aquatic Center The Rhodes Aquatic Center features splash pads and a FlowRider surfing simulator. azcentral, "45 Phoenix area splash pads, parks and water features," 14 June 2018 Is the current Air Force One required to fly a fixed number of hours per month? – Gary, Des Moines, Iowa A: The pilots of Air Force One maintain currency in simulators and by using the airplane. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Does Air Force One refuel in flight?," 8 July 2018 Then the model is loaded into a heart simulator: a box filled with pumps and bloodlike fluid. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Surgeons are using 3-D-printed organs to figure out the best way to operate," 11 June 2018 Eventually, the team built the system into a driving simulator and put 30 people behind the wheel. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Acura Has Finally Made an Easy-to-Use Infotainment System," 14 May 2018 Workers can be seen huddled over desks, assembling components and circuit boards that will be placed into the simulators. Marco Santana,, "Kratos expands workforce, footprint in Orlando," 1 May 2018 The only place the bus didn’t go was the rain simulator, which de Boer said wasn’t working after being damaged in a recent thunderstorm. Kyunghee Park,, "Singapore Built a Dedicated Town for Self-Driving Buses," 4 June 2018 Helisim will operate the simulation center, which will include the first H145 and H175 Level D simulators in North America. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Soon, thousands of helicopter pilots will visit this North Texas city for training | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of simulator

1835, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of simulator

: a machine that is used to show what something looks or feels like and is usually used to study something or to train people


sim·​u·​la·​tor | \ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt-ər \

Medical Definition of simulator 

: a device that enables the operator to reproduce or represent under test conditions phenomena likely to occur in actual performance a driving simulator used to study behavior in highway emergencies

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