generator meaning

[ 'dʒenəreitə ] Pronunciation:   "generator" in a sentence
  • Noun: generator  'jenu`reytu(r)
    1. An apparatus that produces a vapour or gas 
    2. Engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction 
    3. Someone who originates or causes or initiates something
      "he was the generator of several complaints"
      - source, author 
    4. An electronic device for producing a signal voltage

    Derived forms: generators

    See also: generate

    Type of: apparatus, electronic device, engine, maker, setup, shaper

    Encyclopedia: Generator

  • [Architecture]

    A machine that converts mechanical power into electric power.

  • [Business]
    noun [C]


    a machine or series of machines for producing electricity:

    a nuclear/wind generator (= one that uses nuclear/wind power to produce electricity)

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


    a person, company, product, etc. that produces or creates sth:

    the role of small companies as generators of jobs

    Mobile-phone messaging has been a major cash generator for the group.

    3 (BrE)

    a company that produces and sells electricity:

    the UK's major electricity generator

  • [Electronics]
    1. Symbol, G. Any signal source.
    2. A rotating machine for producing electricity.
    3. An electronic device for converting direct current into alternating current of a specific frequency and waveshape.
    4. In computer operation, a routine (akin to a compiler) that will produce a program to perform a specific version of some general operation by implementing skeletal coding, according to specific parameters (e.g., sort generator).


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  1. in fact it requires at least n generators.
  2. the giant generator could be back in service.
  3. the propeller turns a small d.c. generator.
  4. all the while the giant generator poured out its power.
  5. we can easily answer questions in terms of the generators.

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