distributor

or dis·trib·ut·er

[ dih-strib-yuh-ter ]
/ dɪˈstrɪb yə tər /

noun

a person or thing that distributes.
Commerce.
  1. a person, firm, etc., engaged in the general distribution or marketing of some article or class of goods.
  2. a wholesaler who has exclusive rights to market, within a given territory, the goods of a manufacturer or company.
Automotive, Machinery. a device in a multicylinder engine that distributes the igniting voltage to the spark plugs in a definite sequence.
Printing.
  1. (in a press) one of the rollers for spreading ink on the table, rolling it to a proper consistency, and transferring it to rollers that ink the form or plate.
  2. Also called distributor bar . (in a Linotype) a bar with keylike cuts along its length, for sorting matrices into their proper magazines after type has been cast.

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Origin of distributor

From the Late Latin word distribūtor, dating back to 1520–30. See distribute, -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM distributor

sub·dis·trib·u·tor, nounun·der·dis·trib·u·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for distributor

distributor

distributer

/ (dɪˈstrɪbjʊtə) /

noun

a person or thing that distributes
a wholesaler or middleman engaged in the distribution of a category of goods, esp to retailers in a specific area
the device in a petrol engine that distributes the high-tension voltage to the sparking plugs in the sequence of the firing order
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