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GENERATOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does generator mean? 

GENERATOR (noun)
  The noun GENERATOR has 4 senses:

1. an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas
2. engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
3. someone who originates or causes or initiates something
4. an electronic device for producing a signal voltage

  Familiarity information: GENERATOR used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GENERATOR (noun)


Sense 1generator [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An apparatus that produces a vapor or gas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("generator" is a kind of...):

apparatus; setup (equipment designed to serve a specific function)


Sense 2generator [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("generator" is a kind of...):

engine (motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work)

Meronyms (parts of "generator"):

brush (conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor)

rotor; rotor coil (the rotating armature of a motor or generator)

stator; stator coil (mechanical device consisting of the stationary part of a motor or generator in or around which the rotor revolves)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generator"):

alternator (an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles))

dynamo (generator consisting of a coil (the armature) that rotates between the poles of an electromagnet (the field magnet) causing a current to flow in the armature)

magneto; magnetoelectric machine (a small dynamo with a secondary winding that produces a high voltage enabling a spark to jump between the poles of a spark plug in a gasoline engine)

turbogenerator (generator consisting of a steam turbine coupled to an electric generator for the production of electric power)

aerogenerator; wind generator; windmill (generator that extracts usable energy from winds)


Sense 3generator [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who originates or causes or initiates something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

author; generator; source

Context example:

he was the generator of several complaints

Hypernyms ("generator" is a kind of...):

maker; shaper (a person who makes things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generator"):

coiner (someone who is a source of new words or new expressions)


Sense 4generator [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An electronic device for producing a signal voltage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("generator" is a kind of...):

electronic device (a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generator"):

oscillator (generator that produces sonic oscillations or alternating current)

pulse generator (a generator of single or multiple voltage pulses; usually adjustable for pulse rate)


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