Generator meaning

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The definition of a generator is someone or something that produces something.

An example of a generator is a machine that can produce electrical energy when the power is out in an area.

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A person or thing that generates.
  • A machine for producing gas or steam.
  • A machine for changing mechanical energy into electrical energy; dynamo.
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A circuit that generates a specified waveform.
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A machine that converts mechanical energy into electricity to serve as a power source for other machines. Electrical generators found in power plants use water turbines, combustion engines, windmills, or other sources of mechanical energy to spin wire coils in strong magnetic fields, inducing an electric potential in the coils. A generator that provides alternating current power is called an alternator .
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(1) Software that creates software. See application generator and macro generator.
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One who, or that which, generates, begets, causes, or produces.
  • (chemistry) An apparatus in which vapour or gas is formed from a liquid or solid by means of heat or chemical process, as a steam boiler, gas retort etc.
  • (music) The principal sound or sounds by which others are produced; the fundamental note or root of the common chord; -- see also generating tone.
  • (mathematics) An element of a group that is used in the presentation of the group: one of the elements from which the others can be inferred with the given relators.
  • (geometry) One of the lines of a ruled surface; more generally, an element of some family of linear spaces.
  • (programming) A subordinate piece of code which, given some initial parameters will generate multiple output values on request.
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A piece of apparatus, equipment, etc, to convert or change energy from one form to another.
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(computers) A program that produces specific programs from the definition of an operation.
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Origin of generator

  • From Latin, from past participle of genero (“beget, father”)

    From Wiktionary