manipulator

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-ter]
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:
1850–55; manipulate + -or2

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manipulate (məˈnɪpjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to handle or use, esp with some skill, in a process or action: to manipulate a pair of scissors
2.  to negotiate, control, or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skilfully, or deviously
3.  to falsify (a bill, accounts, etc) for one's own advantage
4.  (in physiotherapy) to examine or treat manually, as in loosening a joint
 
[C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful]
 
manipulability
 
n
 
ma'nipulatable
 
adj
 
ma'nipulable
 
adj
 
manipu'lation
 
n
 
ma'nipulative
 
adj
 
ma'nipulatively
 
adv
 
ma'nipulator
 
n
 
ma'nipulatory
 
adj

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manipulator
1851, from manipulate with L. agent noun ending.
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Example sentences
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.
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