- an element or one of a set of elements from which a specified mathematical object can be formed by applying certain operations.
- an element, as a line, that generates a figure.
Examples from the Web for generator
“Sometimes it takes 30 minutes, sometimes five minutes, for the generator to restart and the power to come back on,” he told me.
Running on power from a generator, it is constantly mortared and is a frequent target of airstrikes.
So, months after it was handed over in a triumphant ribbon-cutting ceremony, the generator was broken.We Abandoned Them: Kirk Johnson’s Fight to Save Iraqis|John Kael Weston|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Last year Tom Sachs brought a generator to "dig a hole to China."The 2013 Artist Sand Castle Competition Hosted by Creative Time (PHOTOS)|Isabel Wilkinson|August 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Like most of the business owners in Damascus, Fady depends on a generator.Under Siege, Damascus Gets Desperate for Food and Fuel|Mikel Ayestaran|December 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Having taken a candle from a drawer she lighted it, lifted a trap door and descended to the generator.The Cruise of the O Moo|Roy J. Snell
The guns were melted down, together with other items p. 90 of iron and steel, to make the castings for the generator.
The generator hummed, the needles of the dials climbed, flickered, and steadied.
In it water is supplied from the tank of a bell gasholder to a drawer type of generator placed in the base of the gasholder tank.
The coils E are included in the circuit of a generator F, by means of which the field-magnet is energized.The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla|Thomas Commerford Martin
British Dictionary definitions for generator
- any device for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction, esp a large one as in a power station
- a device for producing a voltage electrostatically
- any device that converts one form of energy into another forman acoustic generator
Word Origin and History for generator
1640s, "person or thing that generates," from Latin generator "a begetter, producer," agent noun from past participle stem of generare (see generation). Meaning "machine that generates power" first recorded 1794; in sense of "machine that generates electric energy," 1879. Fem. generatrix attested from 1650s.
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A device that produces electric current (see also current), usually by rotating a conductor in a magnetic field, thereby generating current through electromagnetic induction. This sort of generator produces an alternating current (AC).