Definitions for regulatorˈrɛg yəˌleɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

reg•u•la•torˈrɛg yəˌleɪ tər(n.)

  1. a person or thing that regulates.

  2. an adjustable device in a clock or a watch for making it go faster or slower. a master clock, usu. of great accuracy, against which other clocks are checked.

    Category: Horology

  3. any of various devices designed to control the flow of liquids, gases, or electrical current.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism, Machinery, Hydraulogy

Origin of regulator:

1645–55

Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulator(noun)

    any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.

  2. regulator(noun)

    an official responsible for control and supervision of a particular activity or area of public interest

  3. governor, regulator(noun)

    a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)

Wiktionary

  1. regulator(Noun)

    A device that controls or limits something.

    The voltage regulator stopped working and the resulting overload destroyed the device.

  2. regulator(Noun)

    A person or group that sets standards of practice, especially those established by law.

  3. regulator(Noun)

    A very accurate clock, used by clockmakers to measure the timekeeping of each newly made clock.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regulator(noun)

    one who, or that which, regulates

  2. Regulator(noun)

    a contrivance for regulating and controlling motion, as: (a) The lever or index in a watch, which controls the effective length of the hairspring, and thus regulates the vibrations of the balance. (b) The governor of a steam engine. (c) A valve for controlling the admission of steam to the steam chest, in a locomotive

  3. Regulator(noun)

    a clock, or other timepiece, used as a standard of correct time. See Astronomical clock (a), under Clock

  4. Regulator(noun)

    a member of a volunteer committee which, in default of the lawful authority, undertakes to preserve order and prevent crimes; also, sometimes, one of a band organized for the comission of violent crimes

Freebase

  1. Regulator

    In automatic control, a regulator is a device which has the function of maintaining a designated characteristic. It performs the activity of managing or maintaining a range of values in a machine. The measurable property of a device is managed closely by specified conditions or an advance set value; or it can be a variable according to a predetermined arrangement scheme. It can be used generally to connote any set of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling items or objects. Examples are a voltage regulator, a pressure regulator, such as a diving regulator, which maintains its output at a fixed pressure lower than its input, and a fuel regulator. Regulators can be designed to control anything from gases or fluids, to light or electricity. Speed can be regulated by electronic, mechanical, or electro-mechanical means. Such instances include; ⁕Electronic regulators as used in modern railway sets where the voltage is raised or lowered to control the speed of the engine ⁕Mechanical systems such as valves as used in fluid control systems. Purely mechanical pre-automotive systems included such designs as the Watt centrifugal governor whereas modern systems may have electronic fluid speed sensing components directing solenoids to set the valve to the desired rate.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

regulator(noun)

a thing that regulates (a piece of machinery etc).

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