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[dih-strib-yuh-ter] /dɪˈstrɪb yə tər/


or distributer

[dih-strib-yuh-ter] /dɪˈstrɪb yə tər/
a person or thing that distributes.
  1. a person, firm, etc., engaged in the general distribution or marketing of some article or class of goods.
  2. a wholesaler who has exclusive rights to market, within a given territory, the goods of a manufacturer or company.
Automotive, Machinery. a device in a multicylinder engine that distributes the igniting voltage to the spark plugs in a definite sequence.
  1. (in a press) one of the rollers for spreading ink on the table, rolling it to a proper consistency, and transferring it to rollers that ink the form or plate.
  2. Also called distributor bar. (in a Linotype) a bar with keylike cuts along its length, for sorting matrices into their proper magazines after type has been cast.
Origin of distributor
From the Late Latin word distribūtor, dating back to 1520-30. See distribute, -tor
Related forms
subdistributor, noun
underdistributor, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for distributer
Historical Examples
  • The sun of course is not light, only a light-holder and distributer.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • Do not become a distributer of the small talk of a community.

  • Fig. 57 shows a form of distributer which will illustrate the construction.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • In this there was nothing pleasant to the distributer of patronage.

    An Autobiography

    Anthony Trollope
  • It was the duty of the distributer of Stamps to stamp all documents brought to him, and so forth.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • If man be the producer and distributer of wealth, woman is certainly the director of consumption.

  • I'm taking this little jigger out of the distributer, so no one could run the old bus anyway.

    Pee-wee Harris on the Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Peter had no idea what a distributer was, but he knew now that his method of crippling an automobile was very crude.

    Pee-wee Harris on the Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Art became a colporteur, a distributer of tracts, a mendicant missionary whose highest ambition was to suppress all heathen joy.

  • Behold him no longer the distributer of employments, or the disburser of the publick treasure!

British Dictionary definitions for distributer


a person or thing that distributes
a wholesaler or middleman engaged in the distribution of a category of goods, esp to retailers in a specific area
the device in a petrol engine that distributes the high-tension voltage to the sparking plugs in the sequence of the firing order
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for distributer



1520s, distributer (Latinized form is from 1570s), agent noun from Latin distribuere (see distribution). As a part in an internal combustion engine, from 1905.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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