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[muh-nip-yuh-ley-ter] /məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tər/
a person who manipulates.
a mechanical device for the remote handling of objects or materials in conditions not permitting the immediate presence of workers.
Origin of manipulator
1850-55; manipulate + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Much, of course, depends on the quality of the woods and the expertness of the manipulator.

  • "You can take that manipulator off in an hour or so," he told me.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • But there is one disappointment often awaiting the manipulator of mankind.

  • Even so masterful a manipulator of men as Cecil Rhodes failed with him.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • The Fuzzies took the manipulator quite calmly the next morning.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
  • He considered himself, and indeed he was, above all things, a manipulator of men.

    Name and Fame Adeline Sergeant
  • Yet this boy was declared by the manipulator to have a decided talent for mathematics.

    In the School-Room John S. Hart
  • The process and order of what is known to the manipulator as "general massage" follows.

    Fat and Blood S. Weir Mitchell
  • As a colorist and a manipulator of paint, he places him with Sebastiano del Piombo—that is, among the mediocrities.

    Artist and Public Kenyon Cox
Word Origin and History for manipulator

1804, from manipulate with Latin agent noun ending. Perhaps formed on model of French manipulateur (1783).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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