Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that develops: a developer of hidden talent.
  • n. A person who develops real estate, epecially by preparing a site for residential or commercial use.
  • n. A chemical used to render visible the image recorded on a photosensitive surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or entity engaged in the creation or improvement of certain classes of products.
  • n. A real estate developer; a person or company who prepares a parcel of land for sale, or creates structures on that land.
  • n. A film developer; a person who uses chemicals to create photographs from photograph negatives.
  • n. A liquid used in the chemical processing of traditional photos.
  • n. A software developer; a person or company who creates or modifies computer software.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, develops.
  • n. A chemical bath or reagent used in developing photographs.
  • n. A reagent used to produce an ingrain color by its action upon some substance on the fiber.
  • n. a corporation or individual who finances or organizes a real estate development{5}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which develops or unfolds.
  • n. Specifically, in photography, the chemical bath in which a sensitized plate or paper is, after a photographic exposure to the light, immersed to develop or bring out the latent image. Developers for the ordinary dry-plate process may be divided into two principal classes, alkaline developers and ferrous-oxalate developers, the first generally employing carbonate of soda or potash in combination with pyrogallic acid, and the second using oxalate of potash with protosulphate of iron. The results obtained are practically the same with either bath, the latent image in the film being made visible, and the chemical changes induced being fixed, or made permanent in the fixing bath, which follows the developing bath. Many other chemicals may be used in development, either in combination with some of those mentioned above or in independent combinations. See photography.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. photographic equipment consisting of a chemical solution for developing film
  • n. someone who develops real estate (especially someone who prepares a site for residential or commercial use)

Etymologies

to develop + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • For too long, the term developer has been overloaded in the Web agency world.

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  • But if the developer is also up to no good then yeah, it just makes the whole point moot.

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  • The way that I read the article (and know from talking -- the developer is the dad of one of my kid's classmates at school), is that the rainwater reclaimation is only going to be used for landscape and exterior watering -- no toliet flushing, or anything internal, which will come off the mains.

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  • Leasing valuable land to a developer is a commonplace business transaction for commercial development.

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  • If the developer is also building homes in the development, he may be thinking that if he sells you an extra lot, you may use it as yard, and he would then not make a profit by building a house on the second lot.

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  • It looks like a bug in the code that the developer is aware of (this is what I can glean from the ipodder-dev list).

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  • As a title developer, he said, "am I going to be happy with the way my games perform on this system?"

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  • Those of us running various “unstable” builds are a little curious as to why this version hasn’t made it out to the current users running WPMU powered blog hosting especially since the main developer is now working directly with wordpress. com so heavily.

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  • XML co-creator Tim Bray has fled Sun and Oracle - where he says he could have stayed - for Google Android and the title developer advocate to stick it to iPhone, which he labels a closed "sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers.

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  • That is a very strange interpretation of this definition. Typically in computers, developer refers to someone who develops computer software, which could include web sites, but is almost always referred to as a "web developer". When Steve Ballmer shouted "Developers Developers Developers", he wasn't referred to web designers.

    April 28, 2009

  • Someone who develops Websites on the World Wide Web.

    April 27, 2009