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[sim-yuh-ley-ter] /ˈsɪm yəˌleɪ tər/
a person or thing that simulates.
a machine for simulating certain environmental and other conditions for purposes of training or experimentation:
a flight simulator.
Origin of simulator
First recorded in 1825-35, simulator is from the Latin word simulātor imitator, counterfeiter. See simulate, -tor Unabridged
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  • In short, she was an accomplished embustera, and she richly earned the designation in the accusation of a simulator of miracles.

  • For instance, if a simulator is asked his name, his answer will show no connection with the question.

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British Dictionary definitions for simulator


any device or system that simulates specific conditions or the characteristics of a real process or machine for the purposes of research or operator training: space simulator
a person who simulates
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Word Origin and History for simulator

1835, of persons, from Latin simulator "a copier, feigner," agent noun from simulare "imitate," from stem of similis "like" (see similar). In reference to training devices for complex systems, from 1947 (flight simulator).

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