manipulator

[ muh-nip-yuh-ley-ter ]
/ məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tər /

noun

a person who manipulates.
a mechanical device for the remote handling of objects or materials in conditions not permitting the immediate presence of workers.

Origin of manipulator

First recorded in 1850–55; manipulate + -or2
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manipulator


n.

1804, from manipulate with Latin agent noun ending. Perhaps formed on model of French manipulateur (1783).

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