Meaning of GENERATOR in English

GENERATOR

/ ˈdʒenəreɪtə(r); NAmE / noun

1.

a machine for producing electricity :

The factory's emergency generators were used during the power cut.

a wind generator (= a machine that uses the power of the wind to produce electricity)

2.

a machine for producing a particular substance :

The museum uses smells and smoke generators to create atmosphere.

( figurative )

The company is a major generator of jobs.

3.

( BrE ) a company that produces electricity to sell to the public :

the UK's major electricity generator

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent.: Latin , from generat- created, from the verb generare , from genus , gener- stock, race.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.