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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
1850-1855
1850-55; manipulate + -or2
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Examples from the web for manipulator
  • He stood aside, the grand manipulator conjuring order out of disorder and finding significance in apparent chaos.
  • He managed eventually to get hold of power and then-a deft manipulator of people and situations-he gradually tightened his grip.
  • He is a masterly, droll manipulator of exhibition spaces as zones in which art overlaps with life.
  • If you move the manipulator across something and it's rough, that vibration will translate back to your hand.
  • Most of these robots feature an arm, or manipulator, able to lift objects to examine their undersides and look beneath them.
  • He's much more a wry observer than an over-eager manipulator of our emotions.
  • He is not an operator, a manipulator, not an inside trader.
  • If appropriate, cutter blades can be attached to the manipulator arm and used to free the sub.
  • Ganesha is a manipulator, an insider, the selfstyled power behind the throne.
Word Origin and History for manipulator
n.

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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