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[muh-nip-yuh-ley-ter] /məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tər/
a person who manipulates.
a mechanical device for the remote handling of objects or materials in conditions not permitting the immediate presence of workers.
Origin of manipulator
First recorded in 1850-55; manipulate + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "You can take that manipulator off in an hour or so," he told me.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Even so masterful a manipulator of men as Cecil Rhodes failed with him.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • But there is one disappointment often awaiting the manipulator of mankind.

  • He considered himself, and indeed he was, above all things, a manipulator of men.

    Name and Fame Adeline Sergeant
  • Yet this boy was declared by the manipulator to have a decided talent for mathematics.

    In the School-Room John S. Hart
  • The process and order of what is known to the manipulator as "general massage" follows.

    Fat and Blood S. Weir Mitchell
  • Had she been compelled to earn a living she would have made a successful teacher or manipulator of men.

  • He was now a railway magnate, the president of a system, a manipulator of dexterity and courage.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
  • In no field of literature have the forger and the manipulator worked with greater vigor and success.

Word Origin and History for manipulator

1804, from manipulate with Latin agent noun ending. Perhaps formed on model of French manipulateur (1783).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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