Definition of generator noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenəreɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenəreɪtər//
    Manufacturing, How machines work
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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) The wind generator delivers 120 watts in a strong breeze. See related entries: Manufacturing, How machines work
  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.
  3. 3(British English) a company that produces electricity to sell to the public the UK’s major electricity generator
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: Latin, from generat- ‘created’, from the verb generare, from genus, gener- ‘stock, race’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: generator