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

Max Gilliana practiced responding to a dangerous situation using a criminal justice simulator at Union Township Middle School. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Criminal justice simulator helps officers, students prepare for dangerous situations," 27 Mar. 2018 Miami-Dade police are required to take 80 hours of target practice and 16 hours of active shooter training using the high-tech computerized simulator every two years. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Even with years of training, stopping live shooter is incredibly hard, experts say | Miami Herald," 15 Mar. 2018 Johnson and collaborator Chris Marone, a geophysicist at The Pennsylvania State University, have already run lab experiments using the school’s earthquake simulator. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?," 15 Feb. 2017 Canoll has trained in flight simulators from the Navy to Delta Air Lines. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Head of pilots' union opposes reducing required flight hours for pilots," 21 Feb. 2018 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

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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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