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manipulator

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-ter] /məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who manipulates.
2.
a mechanical device for the remote handling of objects or materials in conditions not permitting the immediate presence of workers.
Origin of manipulator
1850-1855
1850-55; manipulate + -or2
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n.

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

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