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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And developers are optimistic, forging ahead with plans that incorporate ever-more-luxurious amenities like private wine bars, golf simulators, massage rooms and complimentary dog grooming in dedicated pet spas. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Boom to bust? Charlotte's at risk of building too many apartments, new study says," 6 July 2018 Other features on that floor include a golf simulator, a fitness center and a yoga room, an outdoor dog run and a lounge and bar area. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Milwaukee's newest high-rise starts moving in residents — who enjoy amazing views," 2 July 2018 Aside from the usual restaurants and bars, this cruise ship includes a virtual reality bungee trampoline, two racer water slides, a glow-in-the-dark laser tag room, an escape room, and a surf simulator. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Royal Caribbean Aims to Appeal to Millennials with Shorter Trips and More Entertainment," 26 June 2018 There is also a laser tag zone set up on top of an ice rink, the signature 40-foot-long surf simulator and three-story racing water slides. Ellie Rushing,, "Royal Caribbean invests $120 million in one ship for short Bahamas cruises," 25 June 2018 Other amenities will include fitness gyms, golf simulators, video game rooms, retail and restaurants. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "KC's historic Kemper Arena to become Hy-Vee Arena under new naming rights deal | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 There’s a couple of simulators on the Ford display, and plenty of F-150s to bang around in. Robert Duffer,, "Things to do with the family at the Chicago Auto Show," 18 Feb. 2018 Finally, Academy graduates must complete up to three years of classroom, simulator and on-the-job training at an air-traffic control facility to become fully certified. WSJ, "Air-Traffic Controllers Are Vetted and Competent," 21 June 2018 While these can be helpful to try, just be aware that no altitude simulator can replace training at—or at least exposing yourself to—altitude. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, "Altitude Will F&*K You Up—Unless You Follow These Steps," 20 June 2018

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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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