American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who agitates, especially one who engages in political agitation.
- n. An apparatus that shakes or stirs, as in a washing machine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which agitates. Specifically— One who engages in some kind of political agitation; one who stirs up or excites others, with the view of strengthening his own cause or party.
- n. A machine for agitating and mixing; specifically, a machine for stirring pulverized ore in water.
- n. A name given to certain officers appointed by the army of the English Commonwealth in 1647-9 to manage their concerns. There were two from each regiment.
- n. [It has been supposed that in this sense the proper spelling of the word is adjutator, meaning not one who agitates, but one who assists. But Dr. J. A. H. Murray says: “Careful investigation satisfies me that Agitator was the actual title, and Adjutator originally only a bad spelling of soldiers familiar with Adjutants and the Adjutors of 1642.”]
- n. One who agitates; one who stirs up or excites others; as, political reformers and agitators.
- n. An implement for shaking or mixing.
- n. One of a body of men appointed by the army, in Cromwell's time, to look after their interests; called also adjutators.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who agitates; one who stirs up or excites others.
- n. (Eng. Hist.) One of a body of men appointed by the army, in Cromwell's time, to look after their interests; -- called also
- n. An implement for shaking or mixing.
- n. one who agitates; a political troublemaker
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“There are so many people who think that an agitator is necessarily an unwashed, unshaven man, in tatters, with a pamphlet in one hand and a bomb in the other who offers no other alternative except to choose between them.”
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“The iron boiler contains an agitator, which is occasionally operated during the melting.”
“Best-known as an agitator, Carcillo played his first game as a Blackhawk after signing as a free agent over the summer, and then sitting out Chicago's first two regular-season contests on a suspension.”
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