an apparatus for throwing an image on a screen, as a motion-picture projector or magic lantern.
a device for projecting a beam of light.
a person who forms projects or plans; schemer.

Origin of projector

First recorded in 1590–1600; project + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for projector

projector, stereopticon

Examples from the Web for projector

Contemporary Examples of projector

  • Welles, who once dismissed his masterpiece Citizen Kane as “dollar-book Freud,” was nothing if not a projector.

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    Go Fuck Yourself

    Christopher Bray

    July 18, 2013

  • Fox News is on the projector screen, laptops showing the latest results are on the table, and the chicken wings are getting cold.

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    North Florida Republicans Stressed Out

    Winston Ross

    November 7, 2012

Historical Examples of projector

British Dictionary definitions for projector



an optical instrument that projects an enlarged image of individual slides onto a screen or wallFull name: slide projector
an optical instrument in which a strip of film is wound past a lens at a fixed speed so that the frames can be viewed as a continuously moving sequence on a screen or wallFull name: film projector, cine projector
a device for projecting a light beam
a person who devises projects
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for projector

1590s, "one who forms a project," agent noun in Latin form from project (v.). In the optical, camera sense it is from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper