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Definition of generator noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a machine for producing electricity The factory's emergency generators were used during the power cut. a wind generator (= a machine that uses the power of the wind to produce electricity)
  2. 2a machine for producing a particular substance The museum uses smells and smoke generators to create atmosphere. (figurative) The company is a major generator of jobs.
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