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ˈɒp əˌreɪ tərop·er·a·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. operatornoun

    (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation

  2. operator, manipulatornoun

    an agent that operates some apparatus or machine

    "the operator of the switchboard"

  3. operatornoun

    someone who owns or operates a business

    "who is the operator of this franchise?"

  4. hustler, wheeler dealer, operatornoun

    a shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties

  5. operatornoun

    a speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets


  1. Operatornoun

    A person who operates a telephone switchboard.

  2. Operatornoun

    A person who schemes and maneuvers adroitly or deviously to achieve his/her purposes.


  1. operatornoun

    One who operates.

  2. operatornoun

    A telecommunications facilitator whose job is to establish temporary network connections.

  3. operatornoun

    A function or other mapping that carries variables defined on a domain into another variable or set of variables in a defined range.

  4. operatornoun

    Another name for Chinese whispers.

  5. operatornoun

    A person who is adept at making deals or getting results, especially one who uses questionable methods.

  6. operatornoun

    A member of a military Special Operations unit.

  7. operatornoun

    The administrator of a channel or network on IRC.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Operatornoun

    One that performs any act of the hand; one who produces any effect.

    Etymology: operateur, Fr. from operate.

    An imaginary operator opening the first with a great deal of nicety, upon a cursory view appeared like the head of another. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 275.

    To administer this dose, there cannot be fewer than fifty thousand operators, allowing one operator to every thirty. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Operator

    In basic mathematics, an operator is a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation. In terms of vector spaces, an operator is a mapping from one vector space or module to another. Operators are of critical importance to both linear algebra and functional analysis, and they find application in many other fields of pure and applied mathematics. For example, in classical mechanics, the derivative is used ubiquitously, and in quantum mechanics, observables are represented by linear operators. Important properties that various operators may exhibit include linearity, continuity, and boundedness.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'operator' in Nouns Frequency: #1380

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of operator in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of operator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of operator in a Sentence

  1. Michael Hallowes:

    The ability to remotely monitor and manage the human impacts of this coronavirus through data our mobile phones naturally generate and operator networks process lawfully everyday has got to be of great utility to protecting our key workers from having to encounter people in breach, as well was giving us the analysis in real time of how widespread the infection is.

  2. Joseph Votel:

    To give that operator the advantage when he is most vulnerable.

  3. Chief Executive Jean-Yves Charlier:

    We are absolutely confident this transaction is going to go through in Italy, we believe we will create a very effective, competitive third operator as a result of this merger.

  4. Thadeus Mkamwa:

    Our goal is to set up 300 systems and serve up to 1 million people in rural areas across Tanzania by 2022, making JUMEME the largest mini-grid operator in the country.

  5. Ron Epstein:

    What's Boeing( BA) need right now ? It needs an inspirational leader, you have a work force demoralized by what's happened. You have to make airline customers comfortable, make regulators comfortable. You need to be a good operator because your largest production line is shutting down. Can Dave Calhoun do all that ? I'm not sure.

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Translations for operator

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  • المشغل أو العاملArabic
  • operatør, telefonistinde, telefonist, operatorDanish
  • Betreiber, Telefonist, Vermittlung, Rechenzeichen, Telefonistin, OperatorGerman
  • διαχειριστής, τηλεφωνήτρια, χειριστής, τελεστής, τηλεφωνητής, διαχειρίστριαGreek
  • operadorSpanish
  • operaattori, vaihteenhoitaja, toimija, keskuksenhoitajaFinnish
  • téléphoniste, opérateurFrench
  • מפעיל, מרכזיהHebrew
  • ऑपरेटरHindi
  • műveleti jelHungarian
  • virkiIcelandic
  • operatoreItalian
  • 交換手, オペレーター, 演算子, 作用素, 操作者Japanese
  • bedienerDutch
  • operatorPolish
  • telefonista, operadorPortuguese
  • operatoare, telefonistă, operatorRomanian
  • телефонист, телефонистка, операторRussian
  • operator, djelatelj, оператер, operaterSerbo-Croatian
  • kirurg, operatör, telebolag, telefonistSwedish

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