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[sep-uh-rey-ter] /ˈsɛp əˌreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that separates.
2.
any of various apparatus for separating one thing from another, as cream from milk, steam from water, or wheat from chaff.
3.
Electricity. a device that prevents metal contact between plates of opposite charge in a storage battery.
4.
Machinery, retainer1 (def 3).
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Late Latin sēparātor, equivalent to Latin sēparā(re) to separate + -tor -tor
Related forms
preseparator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for preseparator

separator

/ˈsɛpəˌreɪtə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that separates
2.
a device for separating things into constituent parts, as milk into cream, etc
Derived Forms
separatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for preseparator

separator

n.

c.1600, "separatist," agent noun from separate (v.). As a mechanical device for separating, from 1831.

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