- 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 goals or 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 potential sexual or romantic partners.
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Origin of operator
OTHER WORDS FROM operatorpre·op·er·a·tor, nounself-op·er·a·tor, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for operator
I later went to New York for three years to train nuclear operators in Saratoga Springs.Pepco employee talks diversity, inclusion, and COVID|Staff reports|August 28, 2020|Washington Blade
The plaintiffs in the new cases are essentially arguing that streaming services have more in common with cable TV operators than they do with the Internet.Streaming fees could rise 5% as cities sue to impose a ‘Netflix tax’|Jeff|August 19, 2020|Fortune
It turned out that not all service operators had made the effort to tell users in advance.How India became the world’s leader in internet shutdowns|Katie McLean|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
That task falls to professional operators, experts in an individual telescope’s complex operations who still work in control rooms located on observatory mountaintops.
An operator answering the phone referred the Blade to the direct number of the department’s Chief of Police, Andrew Block.Brian Sims accused of threatening fellow Pa. lawmaker|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|August 9, 2020|Washington Blade
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