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[rey-dee-ey-ter] /ˈreɪ diˌeɪ tər/
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
First recorded in 1830-40; radiate + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The ideal clothing should be both a bad conductor and a radiator of heat.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Polly shook the curls out of her eyes and slammed the cover of the radiator.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • And Barry was thankful, as, huddled and shivering in his light clothing, he once more sought the radiator.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • This was Mrs. Dresham, the wife of the editor of the radiator.

    The Touchstone Edith Wharton
  • The ordinary hot-air furnace of cities has many objections, but it is not so bad as steam heat from a radiator in the room.

British Dictionary definitions for radiator


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
(Austral & NZ) an electric fire
(electronics) the part of an aerial or transmission line that radiates electromagnetic waves
an electric space heater
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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radiator in Science
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.
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