What does operator mean?

Definitions for operator
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

    Operator is a Motown song recorded by Motown vocalists Mary Wells and Brenda Holloway. The Wells version was the b-side to her top ten hit, "Two Lovers" while Holloway's was issued as a single in 1965.


  1. operator

    An operator, in the context of mathematics and computing, refers to a symbol or function that indicates a certain process or action to be carried out on the elements it is applied to. These elements may include numbers, variables, or entire mathematical expressions. Common examples of operators include addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), and division (/).


  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. Darren Huston:

    I’m a hands-on operator, and I have a background in software. Right outside my door, they are building the site. There’s not a semicolon on any of our sites that isn’t A/B tested. ~ Darren Huston

  2. Richard Hanson:

    There's basically going to be two options, you either participate in a community-based organization or you have to follow the rules as if you are commercial operator.

  3. James Peaco III:

    When the detection equipment finds the drone and identifies the operator's location, we can very rapidly get that information to a ground intercept team who can then go make contact with that drone operator and essentially get them to stop flying that drone.

  4. Ed Wegel:

    When you look at history since '78, how many airlines started, how many didn't make it, it's not a business for the faint of heart, but we believe there are opportunities that will present themselves for us once we show we are a good airline operator.

  5. Judy Garland:

    If I'm such a legend, then why do I sit at home for hours staring at the damned telephone, hoping it's out of order, even calling the operator asking her if she's sure it's not out of order?

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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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