Meaning of generator

gen•er•a•tor

Pronunciation: ( jen'u-rā"tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a machine that converts one form of energy into another, esp. mechanical energy into electrical energy, as a dynamo, or electrical energy into sound, as an acoustic generator.
  2. a person or thing that generates.
  3. an apparatus for producing a gas or vapor.
    1. an element or one of a set of elements from which a specified mathematical object can be formed by applying certain operations.
    2. an element, as a line, that generates a figure.
  4. a program that produces a particular type of output on demand, as random numbers, an application program, or a report.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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