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  1. a person or thing that activates.
  2. Chemistry, Biochemistry. a catalyst.
  3. any impurity in a mineral that causes luminescence.Compare inhibitor(def 3).
  4. Orthodontics. a removable appliance, usually of hard plastic, that is worn in the mouth instead of a fixed appliance to help align the teeth and improve the relationship of the lower jaw to the upper.

Origin of activator

Related formsnon·ac·ti·va·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for activator

catalyst, activator

Examples from the Web for activator

Historical Examples of activator

  • They may have been, and the use of the activator may have been extorted from one of them.

    Temple Trouble

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Finally, he poked the activator bar, and watched as the machine spat out tape.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

  • The Black Doctor closed his eyes wearily and flipped an activator switch.

    Contamination Crew

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • Nargyll wants to move your ship into one of the sheds, but the activator key's gone.

activator in Medicine


  1. An agent that renders another substance active or accelerates a process or reaction.
  2. The fragment produced by chemical cleavage of a proactivator that induces the enzymatic activity of another substance.
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