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accumulator

[uh-kyoo-myuh-ley-ter] /əˈkyu myəˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that accumulates.
2.
a register or electric device on an arithmetic machine, as an adding machine, cash register, or digital computer, that receives a number and produces and stores the results of arithmetic operations of the given number with other numbers.
3.
British. a storage battery or storage cell.
4.
an apparatus that stores fluid at approximately the working pressure of the hydraulic or pneumatic system in which it will be employed, so that a supply of fluid is always immediately available to the system.
5.
Machinery. (in a boiler) a vessel for storing hot fluid, ready to flash into steam.
6.
Hydraulics. a vessel in which air is trapped and compressed by the liquid, thus storing energy to supply liquid under pressure when the demand of the system is greater than the capacity of the pump.
Origin of accumulator
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin accumulātor, equivalent to accumulā(re) to heap up (see accumulate) + -tor -tor
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  • Most of the accumulator cells were tight, and installing the relays wasn't a bad job at all.

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  • He was not merely an accumulator of knowledge as it had been prepared by some one else.

    Dickens As an Educator James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
  • The plant is the producer of food and accumulator of solar energy or force.

  • Yes, all these wonders have been wrought by the accumulator and the transformer.

    In the Year 2889 Jules Verne and Michel Verne
  • Wilbur Edes was successful in his profession, but he was not an accumulator, and neither was she.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I have been a better dispenser than accumulator, like others of our name.

    The Desert and The Sown Mary Hallock Foote
  • A storage battery, or accumulator is a device in which a chemical action is set up when an electric current is passed through it.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • "Why, it is charging the accumulator of the lift," replied Mlle. Cadet.

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  • He unsnapped his accumulator and crossed to the power generator.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • When a negative plate is constructed in this manner, it is ready to be combined with the positives to form an accumulator.

British Dictionary definitions for accumulator

accumulator

/əˈkjuːmjʊˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
Also called battery, storage battery. a rechargeable device for storing electrical energy in the form of chemical energy, consisting of one or more separate secondary cells
2.
(horse racing, Brit) a collective bet, esp on four or more races, in which the stake and winnings on each successive race are carried forward to become the stake on the next, so that both stakes and winnings accumulate progressively so long as the bet continues to be a winning one
3.
  1. a register in a computer or calculator used for holding the results of a computation or data transfer
  2. a location in a computer store in which arithmetical results are produced
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