- a person or thing that radiates.
- any of various heating devices, as a series or coil of pipes through which steam or hot water passes.
- a device constructed from thin-walled tubes and metal fins, used for cooling circulating water, as in an automobile engine.
- Radio. a transmitting antenna.
Origin of radiator
Examples from the Web for radiator
It was around noon that Brinsley chucked the phone behind a radiator at the basketball stadium and went off the grid.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
Once there, I have two windows looking our on our courtyard, and a radiator for coziness.How I Write: Diane Johnson
January 15, 2014
Love the author photo, with the Isro and all, sitting on a radiator cover at The New Yorker.The Most Underrated Novels I’ve Edited
November 19, 2013
The room, perhaps 10 by 25 feet, seemed like a prison cell: blankets on the floors, a bottle of water, a Quran on the radiator.My Harrowing Kidnapping Ordeal in Syria
January 29, 2013
Any idea why it tasted like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells
November 16, 2012
Polly shivered in her damp clothing and went over to the radiator.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
And the captain looked anything but formidable as he hugged the radiator.
He looked at his cigar regretfully, and laid it on the top of the radiator.
She tossed aside 66 her hat and coat and sat by the radiator to warm her hands.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Close by where they worked was a radiator, so that they had been kept warm all day.
- a device for heating a room, building, etc, consisting of a series of pipes through which hot water or steam passes
- a device for cooling an internal-combustion engine, consisting of thin-walled tubes through which water passes. Heat is transferred from the water through the walls of the tubes to the airstream, which is created either by the motion of the vehicle or by a fan
- Australian and NZ an electric fire
- electronics the part of an aerial or transmission line that radiates electromagnetic waves
- an electric space heater
Word Origin and History for radiator
1836, "any thing that radiates," agent noun in Latin form from radiate. Meaning "heater" is from 1851; sense of "cooling device in internal combustion engine" is 1900.
- A body that emits radiation. Radiators are commonly designed to transfer heat energy from one place to another, as in an automobile, in which the radiator cools the engine by transferring heat energy from the engine to the air, or in buildings, where radiators transfer heat energy from a furnace to the air and objects in the surrounding room.