Definition of generator in English:
1A thing that generates something, in particular.
- We'll work on gravity generators; couple those with brainwave interfaces, and everyone will be able to move things and build things just by thinking about it.
- A tear-resistant fabric was created, together with pyrotechnic gas generators, and the whole affair had to be fitted into the impact-absorbing central boss of a steering wheel.
- If you admire their style, but can't quite dredge appropriate words out of that part of the English language which is under your command, there is help available to you on the web, in the form of curse generators.
1.1A dynamo or similar machine for converting mechanical energy into electricity.
- In 1918 he patented a generator which converted mechanical energy into high frequency electric currents which could be used for wireless telegraphy.
- The station is using a generator to provide electricity.
- One such project involved the conversion of a headrace and mill site for the installation of a turbine and electricity generator to supply domestic energy needs.
1.2An apparatus for producing gas, steam, or another product.
- Later, it was revealed that a steam generator detected a lowered water level as the result of the leak.
- Before the invention of the steam generator, when the dodgem and the chair-o-plane were but distant rumbles in the future, this is what we did for a fun day out.
- Smaller and lighter than the originals, they were even better steam generators.
1.3 [with modifier] Computing A routine that constructs other routines or subroutines using given parameters, for specific applications: a report generator
More example sentences
- My approach toward testing this environment was to write an e-mail generator program in C which I called GenerateMail.
- This can be particularly useful for report generators or dynamic Web sites.
- How does the random architecture generator work, and is it completely random?
1.4 Mathematics A point, line, or surface regarded as moving and so notionally forming a line, surface, or solid.
- In 1701 Grandi discussed the conical loxodrome, the curve that cuts the generators of a cone of revolution in a constant angle.
- Von Dyck, with fundamental papers in 1882 and 1883, constructed free groups and the definition of abstract groups in terms of generators and relations.
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