[ sim-yuh-ley-ter ]
/ ˈsɪm yəˌleɪ tər /


a person or thing that simulates.
a machine for simulating certain environmental and other conditions for purposes of training or experimentation: a flight simulator.

Nearby words

  1. simulant,
  2. simular,
  3. simulate,
  4. simulated,
  5. simulation,
  6. simulatory,
  7. simulcast,
  8. simulium,
  9. simultanagnosia,
  10. simultaneity

Origin of simulator

First recorded in 1825–35, simulator is from the Latin word simulātor imitator, counterfeiter. See simulate, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for simulator


/ (ˈsɪmjʊˌleɪtə) /


any device or system that simulates specific conditions or the characteristics of a real process or machine for the purposes of research or operator trainingspace simulator
a person who simulates
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Word Origin and History for simulator



1835, of persons, from Latin simulator "a copier, feigner," agent noun from simulare "imitate," from stem of similis "like" (see similar). In reference to training devices for complex systems, from 1947 (flight simulator).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper