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

First recorded in 1850–55; manipulate + -or2
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  • "You can take that manipulator off in an hour or so," he told me.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Even so masterful a manipulator of men as Cecil Rhodes failed with him.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • But there is one disappointment often awaiting the manipulator of mankind.

  • He considered himself, and indeed he was, above all things, a manipulator of men.

    Name and Fame

    Adeline Sergeant

  • Yet this boy was declared by the manipulator to have a decided talent for mathematics.

    In the School-Room

    John S. Hart

Word Origin and History for manipulator


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

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