- a person or thing that regulates.
- an adjustable device in a clock or a watch for making it go faster or slower.
- a master clock, usually of great accuracy, against which other clocks are checked.
- a governor mechanism for regulating the flow of fuel, steam, etc., to an engine in order to maintain constant speed under varying load or resistance.
- a valve for regulating the pressure of flowing gas or liquid to maintain a predetermined pressure.
- any of various mechanisms for maintaining a temperature, a level of liquid in a tank, etc.
- Electricity. a device for maintaining a designated characteristic, as voltage or current, at a predetermined value, or for varying it according to a predetermined plan.
- a device on scuba equipment for regulating the rate at which compressed air is fed through a breathing tube in proportion to the depth of water.
- a device for maintaining a constant gas pressure.
- (initial capital letter) American History.
- a member of any of several bands or committees in North Carolina (1767–71), formed to resist certain abuses, as extortion by officials.
- (in newly settled areas) a member of any band or committee organized to preserve order before the establishment of regular legal authority.
Origin of regulator
Examples from the Web for regulator
The station is already serving two five-year license probations after serious breaches of the Australian regulator's code.Tragedy As Receptionist Who Connected Kate Middleton Prank Callers Commits Suicide
December 7, 2012
The station 2Day FM is already serving two five-year license probations after serious breaches of the Australian regulator's code.Meet The DJ Who Would Be Queen - And Pranked Kate Middleton's Nurse Into Thinking She Was
December 5, 2012
After that, he said, “you can worry about whether or not a regulator did his job at the height of the crisis.”What Timothy Geithner Could Have Done About Interest Rate Rigging
July 12, 2012
When a regulator could be staffed by shills for the industry it was supposed to oversee, it was.It's Bush's Oil Spill
May 14, 2010
A regulator is subject to the influence of the times and of those being regulated.Why Washington Won't Prevent Another Meltdown
October 28, 2009
Work thus became the great law, the regulator of the living universe.Doctor Pascal
I said you had been to have a talk with Scott about 'Regulator;' was I far off the mark?Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
He insisted on taking back the watch, which ever after he used as a regulator.Captains of Industry
She is the regulator, the main-spring, the center around which all else revolves.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
And every Regulator shall despise him as man and boy, to the end of his life.In School and Out
- a person or thing that regulates
- the mechanism, including the hairspring and the balance wheel, by which the speed of a timepiece is regulated
- a timepiece, known to be accurate, by which others are timed and regulated
- any of various mechanisms or devices, such as a governor valve, for controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, voltage, etc
- Also called: regulator gene a gene the product of which controls the synthesis of a product from another gene
Word Origin and History for regulator
1650s, agent noun in Latin form from regulate. In English history, from 1680s; in American history, from 1767, applied to local posses that kept order (or disturbed it) in rural regions. As a mechanical device or clock used to set the time of other pieces, from 1758.