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generator (n.)

1640s, "person who begets, causes, or produces," from Latin generator "a begetter, producer," agent noun from past participle stem of generare "to bring forth" (see generation). Meaning "machine that generates power" first recorded 1794; sense of "machine that generates electric energy" is from 1879. Fem. generatrix attested from 1650s.

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Definitions of generator

generator (n.)
an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas;
generator (n.)
engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction;
generator (n.)
someone who originates or causes or initiates something;
he was the generator of several complaints
Synonyms: source / author
generator (n.)
an electronic device for producing a signal voltage;
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