AskDefine | Define generator

Dictionary Definition



1 an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas
2 engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
3 someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints" [syn: source, author]
4 an electronic device for producing a signal voltage

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An apparatus, equipment, etc, to convert or change energy from one form to another.
  2. A machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
  3. One who, or that which, generates, begets, causes, or produces.
  4. An apparatus in which vapour or gas is formed from a liquid or solid by means of heat or chemical process, as a steam boiler, gas retort etc.
  5. The principal sound or sounds by which others are produced; the fundamental note or root of the common chord; -- see also generating tone.
  6. An element of a group that is used in the presentation of the group: one of the elements of which all the group's element are products.


  • Greek: γεννήτρια (1, 2)

Extensive Definition

Generator may refer to:
In computing:
In popular culture:
  • A Generator in the anime Generator Gawl is a metal-organic hybrid organism with far greater powers than that of a human.

See also

generator in Czech: Generátor
generator in French: Générateur
generator in Italian: Generatore
generator in Dutch: Generator
generator in Norwegian Nynorsk: Generator
generator in Polish: Generator
generator in Portuguese: Generator
generator in Russian: Генератор
generator in Slovak: Generátor
generator in Ukrainian: Генератор

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