sim·​u·​la·​tor | \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce simulator (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Amenities and activities include a golf simulator, wakeboarding, reef fishing, and snorkeling with sea turtles. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Epic Games’ Fortnite is eating the world, and now the battle royale game (and occasional golf simulator) is finally coming to Android. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "How to install Fortnite on Android, and every phone that can play it," 13 Aug. 2018 The racing world started to get really serious about simulators in the mid-2000s, and this adoption started in the high-stakes world of Formula 1. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator," 9 Aug. 2018 The New York Times reported Monday that pilots from five airlines tested current and updated software on a Boeing flight simulator. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "FAA to revamp aircraft construction oversight, official says," 27 Mar. 2019 In late-stage testing, one goal is still to encounter difficult and unusual driving situations that can be put into a simulator to verify that all future software versions can handle them. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s driverless cars have driven way mo’ miles than rivals’," 10 Oct. 2018 The exterior is clad in Alabama Silver Shadow limestone, and amenities include private dining rooms, an athletic club, a juice bar, a library, a basketball court, a golf simulator and a children’s play area. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Billionaire Ken Griffin Buys America’s Most Expensive Home for $238 Million," 23 Jan. 2019 When both engines failed, Captain Sullenberger found himself in the kind of situation that doesn't arise even on a pilot simulator. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 Go to any of the playoff simulators and Seattle’s odds of getting in the playoffs at 9-7 are in the high 90 percent. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Seahawks’ playoff chances just keep getting better and better," 3 Dec. 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 How to pronounce simulator (audio) \

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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