SEPARATORS

separator

[sep-uh-rey-ter]
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:
1600–10; < Late Latin sēparātor, equivalent to Latin sēparā(re) to separate + -tor -tor

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separator (ˈsɛpəˌreɪtə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that separates
2.  a device for separating things into constituent parts, as milk into cream, etc
 
separatory
 
adj

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