dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -byə- \

Definition of distributor

1 : one that distributes
2 : one that markets a commodity especially : wholesaler
3 : an apparatus for directing the secondary current from the induction coil to the various spark plugs of an engine in their proper firing order

Examples of distributor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, Austin police arrested an employee of a beer distributor for stealing over $90,000 from his employer. Elva Ramirez, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 D’Angelo Russell continues to shine as a distributor for the NBA’s second-best scoring team. Xl Media, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 Authorities in Singapore are investigating the death of Cris Albert, CEO and owner of iSport Life, the Filipino distributor for activewear company FILA. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 Born and raised in Neuchâtel, Büchi moved to Lausanne to study the history and aesthetics of cinema at the university there, while working as a distributor for independent movies, and for several festivals, including Neuchâtel Intl. Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 Roku’s deeper investment in original programming follows the playbook of Netflix, which began as a distributor for older, licensed movies and TV shows. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 Rodgers seemed content to be a distributor for much of the game and had just four points midway through the fourth quarter. Steve Millar, chicagotribune.com, 11 Dec. 2021 Novavax’s distributor in Japan, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., is to locally manufacture 250 million doses annually. Mari Yamaguchi, Baltimore Sun, 19 Apr. 2022 Satellite-distributor DirecTV, which weeks ago unveiled plans to drop conservative outlet OAN, still wants to offer viewers right-leaning content. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of distributor

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Distributor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributor. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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dis·​trib·​u·​tor | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tər How to pronounce distributor (audio) , -byə- \

Kids Definition of distributor

: a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods


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