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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
1520-30; < Late Latin distribūtor. See distribute, -tor
Related forms
subdistributor, noun
underdistributor, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This sale took place on a large scale and in broad day; money was given to distributers who divided it among the voters.

  • Food, fruit, cigarettes, and drinking cups as distributers of disease.

  • The latter were distributers of papers to country customers.

  • The shop-keepers shook their fists at the distributers, who made off, chased by angry women armed with brooms.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • Arrived at Mayence, the distributers found a workshop ready prepared to furnish copies in the shortest possible time.

    The Printed Book Henri Bouchot
  • Both Holland and England have acted as distributers, re-exporting each year most of the coffee which entered their ports.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for distributers


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 distributers



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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