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Meaning of REGULATOR

Pronunciation:  'regyu`leytur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
  2. [n]  any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
  3. [n]  a official responsible for control and supervision of a particular activity or area of public interest

REGULATOR is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: governor
 See Also: aperture, ball cock, ballcock, control, controller, draft, escape, escape cock, escape valve, faucet, floodgate, flywheel, functionary, head gate, official, peg, penstock, petcock, register, relief valve, safety valve, sluice valve, sluicegate, thermoregulator, thermostat, timer, water gate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Reg"u*la`tor\ (-l?`t?r), n.
1. One who, or that which, regulates.

2. (Mach.) A contrivance for regulating and controlling
   motion, as:
   (a) The lever or index in a watch, which controls the
       effective length of the hairspring, and thus regulates
       the vibrations of the balance.
   (b) The governor of a steam engine.
   (c) A valve for controlling the admission of steam to the
       steam chest, in a locomotive.

3. A clock, or other timepiece, used as a standard of correct
   time. See {Astronomical clock}
   (a), under {Clock}.

4. A member of a volunteer committee which, in default of the
   lawful authority, undertakes to preserve order and prevent
   crimes; also, sometimes, one of a band organized for the
   comission of violent crimes. [U.S.]

         A few stood neutral, or declared in favor of the
         Regulators.                           --Bancroft.