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distributer

[dih-strib-yuh-ter] /dɪˈstrɪb yə tər/
noun

distributor

or distributer

[dih-strib-yuh-ter] /dɪˈstrɪb yə tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that distributes.
2.
Commerce.
  1. a person, firm, etc., engaged in the general distribution or marketing of some article or class of goods.
  2. a wholesaler who has exclusive rights to market, within a given territory, the goods of a manufacturer or company.
3.
Automotive, Machinery. a device in a multicylinder engine that distributes the igniting voltage to the spark plugs in a definite sequence.
4.
Printing.
  1. (in a press) one of the rollers for spreading ink on the table, rolling it to a proper consistency, and transferring it to rollers that ink the form or plate.
  2. Also called distributor bar. (in a Linotype) a bar with keylike cuts along its length, for sorting matrices into their proper magazines after type has been cast.
Origin of distributor
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin distribūtor. See distribute, -tor
Related forms
subdistributor, noun
underdistributor, noun
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  • Do not become a distributer of the small talk of a community.

  • The sun of course is not light, only a light-holder and distributer.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • As a carrier and distributer of mails, the motor van has already established a position.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • In this there was nothing pleasant to the distributer of patronage.

    An Autobiography Anthony Trollope
  • Fig. 57 shows a form of distributer which will illustrate the construction.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • If man be the producer and distributer of wealth, woman is certainly the director of consumption.

  • Peter had no idea what a distributer was, but he knew now that his method of crippling an automobile was very crude.

    Pee-wee Harris on the Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • It was the duty of the distributer of Stamps to stamp all documents brought to him, and so forth.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • I'm taking this little jigger out of the distributer, so no one could run the old bus anyway.

    Pee-wee Harris on the Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Art became a colporteur, a distributer of tracts, a mendicant missionary whose highest ambition was to suppress all heathen joy.

British Dictionary definitions for distributer

distributor

/dɪˈstrɪbjʊtə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that distributes
2.
a wholesaler or middleman engaged in the distribution of a category of goods, esp to retailers in a specific area
3.
the device in a petrol engine that distributes the high-tension voltage to the sparking plugs in the sequence of the firing order
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Word Origin and History for distributer

distributor

n.

1520s, distributer (Latinized form is from 1570s), agent noun from Latin distribuere (see distribution). As a part in an internal combustion engine, from 1905.

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