Definitions for: Generator


[n] engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
[n] an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas
[n] an electronic device for producing a signal voltage
[n] someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gen"er*a`tor, n. [L.]
1. One who, or that which, generates, begets, causes, or
produces.

2. An apparatus in which vapor or gas is formed from a liquid
or solid by means of heat or chemical process, as a steam
boiler, gas retort, or vessel for generating carbonic acid
gas, etc.

3. (Mus.) The principal sound or sounds by which others are
produced; the fundamental note or root of the common
chord; -- called also generating tone.


Gen"er*a`tor, n. (Elec.)
Any machine that transforms mechanical into electrical
energy; a dynamo.

Synonyms: author, source

See Also: aerogenerator, alternator, apparatus, brush, coiner, dynamo, electronic device, engine, magneto, magnetoelectric machine, maker, oscillator, pulse generator, rotor, rotor coil, setup, shaper, stator, stator coil, turbogenerator, wind generator, windmill

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