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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Yakuza 6 Sega; PS4 Further Reading Yakuza 6: The Song of Life review: Grandpa battle simulatorThe long-running Yakuza franchise reached a climax this year. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 In addition to the 747 farewell events, United has auctioned flight simulator sessions at its Denver training center and sold tickets to events offering a sneak peek at new Polaris airport lounges for 2,500 miles. Lauren Zumbach,, "The new way to use your airline miles: Bears tickets, fancy meals and a walk-on role in a movie," 10 July 2018 The specter of death is always there for Janet, whether through her interactions with Ed White’s widow (Olivia Hamilton) or the scrapes and bruises her husband comes home with after an accident with a lunar landing vehicle simulator. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 With a cell-site simulator, the government does more than obtain data held by a third party. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“Get a warrant”—Florida appeals court admonishes cops in two murder cases," 8 Sep. 2018 Lewis said, after testing out the Laser Shot training simulator. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "I went to a huge conference on school safety. No one wanted to talk about gun control.," 30 July 2018 While incarcerated, Rigmaiden vigorously defended himself in court and began to shed a great deal of light on the device used to catch him in 2008, a cell-site simulator, or stingray. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Convicted tax fraudster sues CNBC for defamation, says he’s not a “hacker”," 19 Nov. 2018 Many nocturnal insects have exquisite night vision so the two researchers thought that perhaps the absence of visual cues within their flight simulator, which had been intentional, might actually have confounded their experiment. The Economist, "The first clear evidence of a sense of magnetism in insects," 21 June 2018 An earthquake simulator, which our group visited at a Tokyo Fire Department location, offered us a dramatic example of how the ground would shift during a quake, sending us scrambling to duck under a table. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Japan's 1995 earthquake offers disaster lessons for today," 3 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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