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[kon-tak-ter, kuh n-tak-ter]
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noun Electricity.
  1. a mechanically operated switch for continuously establishing and interrupting an electric power circuit.
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Origin of contactor

First recorded in 1905–10; contact + -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for contactor


  1. a type of switch for repeatedly opening and closing an electric circuit. Its operation can be mechanical, electromagnetic, or pneumatic
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