Meaning of GENERATOR in English


I. ˈjenəˌrād.ə(r), -ātə- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin, from generatus + -or

1. : one that generates, causes, or produces : originator

the most important generator of industrial expansion — Andrew Shonfield

rival generators or experts in foreign policy — E.S.Griffith


a. : an apparatus (as a steam boiler) in which vapor or gas is formed from a liquid or solid by heat or a chemical process

b. : an apparatus for the manufacture of gas (as water gas) involving the combustion of fuel ; especially : the chamber for holding the fuel — compare producer 3

c. : gas generator a

3. : a machine by which mechanical energy is changed into electrical energy usually by electromagnetic induction : dynamo — compare electrostatic generator

II. noun

: a mathematical entity that when subjected to one or more operations yields another mathematical entity or its elements ; specifically : generatrix 1

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