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ˈrɛg yəˌleɪ tərreg·u·la·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulatornoun

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

  2. regulatornoun

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

  3. governor, regulatornoun

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


  1. regulatornoun

    A device that controls or limits something.

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

  2. regulatornoun

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

  3. regulatornoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Regulatornoun

    Etymology: from regulate.

    The regularity of corporeal principles sheweth them to come at first from a divine regulator. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.


  1. regulator

    A regulator is a device or mechanism used to control or manage the speed, pressure, temperature, or other variables within a system, ensuring consistent and optimal performance. It can also refer to a person or body that oversees and controls an industry or activity to ensure compliance with established laws, standards, or norms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regulatornoun

    one who, or that which, regulates

  2. Regulatornoun

    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. Regulatornoun

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

  4. Regulatornoun

    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


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. regulator

    A name for the governor of a steam-engine. Also, a valve-cock. The regulator of a clock is the shortening or lengthening pendulum or escapement.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regulator in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regulator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of regulator in a Sentence

  1. Alev Ates-Barlas:

    If you know your partner is an auto-regulator, then you shouldn't pursue them or engage them, once you regulate yourself, engaging in reflective listening can be a good way to eliminate causes for friction and use that as an opportunity for greater understanding and learning about one another.

  2. Facebook Inc:

    People, not regulators, should decide what they see in their news feeds, creating a news ranking regulator for Facebook is not a proportionate regulatory solution that will be effective to address the longstanding monetization challenges facing some Australian publishers.

  3. Sachin Mohindra:

    The regulator in Saudi is getting more active. From a medium- to long-term perspective, this is a regulatory step in the right direction.

  4. Ed Royce:

    For the first time in our history, we have the Federal Reserve, a traditional bank regulator, overseeing one-third of the insurance sector.

  5. Chris Goater:

    We are not aware of an IATA rule concerning the weighing of passengers and their hand luggage prior to flight, all airlines have policies in place for load calculations, weight and balance of their aircraft. These policies in turn are subject to the rules and regulations of their national aviation regulator.

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