operator

[op-uh-rey-ter]
noun
1.
a person who operates a machine, apparatus, or the like: a telegraph operator.
2.
a person who operates a telephone switchboard, especially for a telephone company.
3.
a person who manages a working or industrial establishment, enterprise, or system: the operators of a mine.
4.
a person who trades in securities, especially speculatively or on a large scale.
5.
a person who performs a surgical operation; a surgeon.
6.
Mathematics.
a.
a symbol for expressing a mathematical operation.
b.
a function, especially one transforming a function, set, etc., into another: a differential operator.
7.
Informal.
a.
a person who accomplishes his or her purposes by devious means; faker; fraud.
b.
a person who is adroit at overcoming, avoiding, or evading difficulties, regulations, or restrictions.
c.
a person who is extremely successful with or smoothly persuasive to members of the opposite sex.
8.
Genetics. a segment of DNA that interacts with a regulatory molecule, preventing transcription of the adjacent region.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Late Latin, equivalent to operā() to work, effect (see operate) + Latin -tor -tor

preoperator, noun
self-operator, noun
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operator (ˈɒpəˌreɪtə)
 
n
1.  a person who operates a machine, instrument, etc, esp, a person who makes connections on a telephone switchboard or at an exchange
2.  a person who owns or operates an industrial or commercial establishment
3.  a speculator, esp one who operates on currency or stock markets
4.  informal a person who manipulates affairs and other people
5.  maths any symbol, term, letter, etc, used to indicate or express a specific operation or process, such as Δ (the differential operator)

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operator
1590s, "one who performs mechanical or surgical operations," agent noun from operate (q.v.). Meaning "one who carries on business shrewdly" is from 1828. Specific sense of "one who works a telephone switchboard" (1884) grew out of earlier meaning "one who works a telegraph" (1847).
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Medical Dictionary

operator op·er·a·tor (ŏp'ə-rā'tər)
n.
An operator gene.

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operator   (ŏp'ə-rā'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Mathematics A function, especially one from a set to itself, such as differentiation of a differentiable function or rotation of a vector. In quantum mechanics, measurable quantities of a physical system, such as position and momentum, are related to unique operators applied to the wave equation describing the system.

  2. A logical operator.

  3. Genetics A segment of chromosomal DNA that regulates the activity of the structural genes of an operon by interacting with a specific repressor.


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operator definition

programming
A symbol used as a function, with infix syntax if it has two arguments (e.g. "+") or prefix syntax if it has only one (e.g. Boolean NOT). Many languages use operators for built-in functions such as arithmetic and logic.
(1995-04-30)

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operator

in mathematics, any symbol that indicates an operation to be performed. Examples are x (which indicates the square root is to be taken) and ddx (which indicates differentiation with respect to x is to be performed). An operator may be regarded as a function, transformation, or map, in the sense that it associates or "maps" elements from one set to elements from another set. See also automorphism.

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  its operator is to self-extend into the machine.
The operator on the left side of the real formula is a multiplication symbol,
  not a division line.
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