separator

[ sep-uh-rey-ter ]
/ ˈsɛp əˌreɪ tər /

noun

a person or thing that separates.
any of various apparatus for separating one thing from another, as cream from milk, steam from water, or wheat from chaff.
Electricity. a device that prevents metal contact between plates of opposite charge in a storage battery.
Machinery. retainer1 (def. 3).

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Origin of separator

1600–10; <Late Latin sēparātor, equivalent to Latin sēparā(re) to separate + -tor-tor

OTHER WORDS FROM separator

pre·sep·a·ra·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for separator

separator
/ (ˈsɛpəˌreɪtə) /

noun

a person or thing that separates
a device for separating things into constituent parts, as milk into cream, etc

Derived forms of separator

separatory, adjective
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