Generator



[jen-uh-rey-ter] /ˈdʒɛn əˌreɪ tər/

noun
1.
a machine that converts one form of energy into another, especially mechanical energy into electrical energy, as a dynamo, or electrical energy into sound, as an acoustic generator.
2.
a person or thing that generates.
3.
Chemistry. an apparatus for producing a gas or vapor.
4.
Mathematics.

5.
Computers. a program that produces a particular type of output on demand, as random numbers, an application program, or a report.
/ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtə/
noun
1.
(physics)

2.
an apparatus for producing a gas
3.
a person or thing that generates
n.

1640s, “person or thing that generates,” from Latin generator “a begetter, producer,” agent noun from past participle stem of generare (see generation). Meaning “machine that generates power” first recorded 1794; in sense of “machine that generates electric energy,” 1879. Fem. generatrix attested from 1650s.

generator gen·er·a·tor (jěn’ə-rā’tər)
n.
One that generates, especially a machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
generator
(jěn’ə-rā’tər)

A device that produces electric current, usually by rotating a conductor in a magnetic field, thereby generating current through electromagnetic induction. This sort of generator produces an alternating current (AC).

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