- a symbol for expressing a mathematical operation.
- a function, especially one transforming a function, set, etc., into another: a differential operator.
- a person who accomplishes his or her purposes by devious means; faker; fraud.
- a person who is adroit at overcoming, avoiding, or evading difficulties, regulations, or restrictions.
- a person who is extremely successful with or smoothly persuasive to members of the opposite sex.
Origin of operator
Related formspre·op·er·a·tor, nounself-op·er·a·tor, noun
Examples from the Web for operator
Wright approved one of the wells after the operator agreed to bring it into compliance, according to the letter.
Teague replied: “I have to allow an operator or plugger a way to appeal when he believes our requirements are unreasonable.”
In 1881, along came Bailey, operator of another circus, and two circuses joined to give rise to the first three-ring spectacle.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus|Anthony Paletta|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unsure of what to do, the operator asked a superior what the correct move would be.
SGR-A1 scans autonomously, and once it detects suspected intruders alerts the operator.Smoke Rings, Mystery Backpacks and Gun-Toting Robots: The Weird Wartech of the Korean Conflict|Kyle Mizokami|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the operator has composed twenty or twenty-five of these slugs, his take is completed.News Writing|M. Lyle Spencer
Some species germinate quicker than others, and the operator must determine by previous trial what these differences are.The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
“And, by the way, take your time in sending to the operator at the Junction,” he added.The Young Railroaders|Francis Lovell Coombs
The operator, an old woman, took a tablespoon and filled it with water.The Covenant of Salt|Henry Clay Trumbull
She made the operator go home to his family to spend Christmas afternoon.Janice Day|Helen Beecher Long