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[sep-uh-rey-ter] /ˈsɛp əˌreɪ tər/
a person or thing that separates.
any of various apparatus for separating one thing from another, as cream from milk, steam from water, or wheat from chaff.
Electricity. a device that prevents metal contact between plates of opposite charge in a storage battery.
Machinery, retainer1 (def 3).
1600-10; < Late Latin sēparātor, equivalent to Latin sēparā(re) to separate + -tor -tor
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preseparator, noun Unabridged
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Examples for separator
  • Roger wanted to build a stout furnace to service a small chemical separator he was developing.
  • Break an egg into an egg separator and let the egg white slip through the separator and into the sink or a container.
  • She encourages the acceptance of new inventions, the first of which is a separator.
  • As the fruit is siphoned from the water flooded bog, the leaves and other debris are removed by a wash in the separator.
  • Each cup has a flat side, onto which the separator clips.
  • The others prefer to use a fat separator, in which the fat migrates to the top.
  • Every layer of electrode material requires a separator of metal foil and polymer film.
  • As they secrete it, the diesel fraction circulates to a separator that extracts the fuel and sends it to storage tanks.
  • The separator discharges directly to the environment and the separator is treating storm water that falls on outdoor areas.
  • These separator systems are used to capture scrap amalgam which is too fine to be removed by a trap or a screen.
British Dictionary definitions for separator


a person or thing that separates
a device for separating things into constituent parts, as milk into cream, etc
Derived Forms
separatory, adjective
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