[ sep-uh-rey-ter ]
/ ˈsɛp əˌreɪ tər /


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).

Nearby words

  1. separationist,
  2. separatism,
  3. separatist,
  4. separatists,
  5. separative,
  6. separatory,
  7. separatrix,
  8. seph.,
  9. sephardi,
  10. sephardim

Origin of separator

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

Related formspre·sep·a·ra·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for separator


/ (ˈsɛpəˌreɪtə) /


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

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Word Origin and History for separator



c.1600, "separatist," agent noun from separate (v.). As a mechanical device for separating, from 1831.

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