a person or thing that regulates; specif.,
- a mechanism for controlling or governing the movement of machinery, the flow of liquids, gases, electricity, steam, etc.; governor
- the part of the works of a watch or clock by which its speed is adjusted
- an accurate timepiece serving as a standard by which others are regulated
Origin of regulatorMedieval Latin
- One that regulates, as:a. The mechanism in a watch by which its speed is governed.b. A highly accurate clock used as a standard for timing other clocks.c. A device used to maintain uniform speed in a machine; a governor.d. A device used to control the flow of gases, liquids, or electric current.
- One, such as the member of a governmental regulatory agency, that ensures compliance with laws, regulations, and established rules: banking regulators; price regulators.
- A substance that affects the amount of product or the progress of a biochemical reaction or process: a regulator of embryogenesis.
- See regulator gene.
- A device that controls or limits something.
- The voltage regulator stopped working and the resulting overload destroyed the device.
- A person or group that sets standards of practice, especially those established by law.
- A very accurate clock, used by clockmakers to measure the timekeeping of each newly made clock.