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[tab-yuh-ley-ter] /ˈtæb yəˌleɪ tər/
a person or thing that tabulates.
tab1 (def 7).
Origin of tabulator
1880-85; tabulate + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tabulator
  • tabulator ballot box has removable ballot receptacles.
  • Before feeding the ballots into the tabulator, take a quick look at them.
  • tabulator that counts votes from multiple precincts at a central location.
  • Under the precinct-based system, voters insert their completed ballots into an electronic tabulator.
  • The tabulator scans the ballot and records the votes in its memory.
  • If a voter marks more than one oval in a race, the tabulator will reject the ballot and the voter will be given a new ballot.
  • After the voter has voted the ballot, the ballot is deposited in the tabulator under routine procedure.
  • Return the ballot to the election inspector stationed at the tabulator.
  • Voters can mark their selection and feed the ballot through the tabulator.
British Dictionary definitions for tabulator


a device for setting the automatic stops that locate the column margins on a typewriter
(computing) a machine that reads data from one medium, such as punched cards, producing lists, tabulations, or totals, usually on a continuous sheet of paper
any machine that tabulates data
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