simulator

noun

sim·​u·​la·​tor ˈsim-yə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce simulator (audio)
: one that simulates
especially : a device that enables the operator to reproduce or represent under test conditions phenomena likely to occur in actual performance

Example Sentences

a flight simulator used by pilots
Recent Examples on the Web In this video, a multi-material robot simulator is used to design a shape-changing robot, which is then transferred to physical hardware. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan. 2023 Hamilton’s black hole simulator attracted attention, and in 2002 he was invited to collaborate on a Nova documentary about black holes. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2011 Games, a 1930s retro gym and ski simulator are among the activities. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Jan. 2023 In addition to the water park attractions, such as a 600-foot lazy river and a FlowRider surfing simulator, there will be games and performances by hula dancers, aerialists and circus acts. Dallas News, 22 Dec. 2022 Passengers can also try their hand at piloting an aircraft - from the safety of the ship – via a new VR flight simulator, or hit the road in VR motorcycles. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2022 There’s a 65-foot lap pool, a wellness center, library, squash court and a golf simulator. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2022 An avid golfer, Mr. Wood installed a golf simulator on the first level of the home and said he was drawn to Clear Creek Tahoe because of its golf course. Libertina Brandt, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 Microsoft has launched a flight simulator just to help train autonomous drones. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 19 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of simulator was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Simulator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simulator. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

simulator

noun
sim·​u·​la·​tor ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce simulator (audio)
: one that simulates
especially : a device that enables the operator to experience under test conditions events similar to those likely to occur in a real situation

Medical Definition

simulator

noun
sim·​u·​la·​tor ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce simulator (audio)
: 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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