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 The airline says there will be a live charity auction of original and limited Qantas 747 memorabilia – the last of the jumbo jets was retired – and a session in a 787 flight simulator. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Flight to nowhere? Qantas, EVA and ANA offer sightseeing trips to pandemic-weary passengers," 19 Sep. 2020 Similarly, internal Boeing documents regularly referred to the test pilot’s delay of more than 10 seconds in responding to MCAS in a flight simulator, but the finding was not disseminated more widely. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, "Boeing 737 Max crashes were ‘horrific culmination’ of errors, investigators say," 16 Sep. 2020 Aston Martin introduces its first own-brand racing simulator, the AMR-C01, built in collaboration with high-end maker Curv. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin Reveals Driving Simulator That Costs a Very Real $74,000," 14 Sep. 2020 The researchers then used the Universe simulator to build 25 simulated clusters and performed a similar analysis with the clusters. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New gravitational-lensing study hints at problems for dark matter models," 10 Sep. 2020 Among the new features added are introductory and advanced skills kitchens, a dining room area, early childcare classrooms, a playground, communal space, independent labs, simulator space, and classrooms, Downs said. Rafael Guerrero,, "Work renovating EHS Memorial Field stadium, Larkin HS career and tech classrooms nearly complete," 1 Sep. 2020 It’s the final part of the foundation’s Stock Market Game program, an online market simulator that teaches students about financial investment. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano ISD fifth-grader wins national writing competition," 21 Aug. 2020 There are eight racquetball courts that will be turned into dance studios and a room with a golf simulator. Jeff Vorva,, "Extreme makeover for Evergreen Park: New indoor sports complex includes turf fields for the high school’s athletic teams," 28 Aug. 2020 In the final stage of the event, a similar algorithm went head-to-head with a real F-16 pilot using a VR headset and simulator controls. Will Knight, Wired, "A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of simulator

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of simulator was in 1835

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23 Sep 2020

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“Simulator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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