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distributor (n.)

1520s, distributer (Latinized form is from 1570s), "one who or that which distributes," agent noun from Latin distribuere "to divide, deal out in portions" (see distribute). As a part that passes current in turn to each spark plug in an internal combustion engine, by 1866.

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Definitions of distributor from WordNet

distributor (n.)
someone who markets merchandise;
Synonyms: distributer
distributor (n.)
a person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion;
Synonyms: allocator
distributor (n.)
a company that markets merchandise;
his company is a large distributor of software products
distributor (n.)
electrical device that distributes voltage to the spark plugs of a gasoline engine in the order of the firing sequence;
Synonyms: distributer / electrical distributor
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