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[sim-yuh-ley-ter] /ˈsɪm yəˌleɪ tər/
a person or thing that simulates.
a machine for simulating certain environmental and other conditions for purposes of training or experimentation:
a flight simulator.
Origin of simulator
1825-35; < Latin simulātor imitator, counterfeiter. See simulate, -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Technicians raised the helicopter simulator above the pool and prepped it for another drop.
  • The new realistic action simulator satellite tv system gets a great picture.
  • Inside the trailers, crews don't get even the sensation of flying that one gets in a flight simulator.
  • So they put butterflies in a flight simulator and tried to convince them to fly south.
  • Finally, send the students to the simulator in their groups to try to re-create the waves.
  • The cruise ship is a floating resort, complete with an onboard surf simulator.
  • These days it is possible to simply sit at the flight simulator and learn what to do.
  • The insurance industry's weather simulator is more awesome than your weather simulator.
  • My little universe simulator is endlessly rerunning history.
  • He had subjects sit in a driving simulator, complete with gas and brake pedals.
British Dictionary definitions for simulator


any device or system that simulates specific conditions or the characteristics of a real process or machine for the purposes of research or operator training: space simulator
a person who simulates
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Word Origin and History for simulator

1835, of persons, from Latin simulator "a copier, feigner," agent noun from simulare "imitate," from stem of similis "like" (see similar). In reference to training devices for complex systems, from 1947 (flight simulator).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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