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 Wall Street Journal has previously reported that Boeing had agreed to rebate Southwest Airlines Co. $1 million per MAX plane that required simulator training. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 The ability to have 737 pilots fly the Max without additional flight simulator training was one of the selling points that Boeing made to its airline customers. Chris Isidore, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Some haven’t flown for more than a year and all must undergo mandatory simulator training before resuming passenger service. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021 In less than six months, the crew has undergone hours of simulator training, lessons in flying a jet aircraft and spent time in a centrifuge to prepare them for the G-forces of launch. Wendy Whitman Cobb, The Conversation, 10 Sep. 2021 Associate Staff Scientist Ryan Kalb works on an algae pond simulator at the Viridos greenhouse facility in San Diego. WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 In 1990, Meier’s earlier collaboration with Shelley resulted in Sid Meier’s Railroad Tycoon, a construction simulator that spawned a slew of copycats. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 22 Sep. 2021 TopGolf, which has an interactive driving-range entertainment-golf complex at the southeast corner of Interstates 77 and 480, won’t have a full driving range in Canton but will include six TopGolf simulator booths. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2021 That training included centrifuge and fighter jet flights, launch and reentry practice in SpaceX's capsule simulator and a grueling trek up Washington's Mount Rainier in the snow. Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2021

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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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“Simulator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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