American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that illuminates, especially a device for producing, concentrating, or reflecting light.
- n. One who illuminates manuscripts or other objects.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which illuminates or gives light; a natural or artificial source of light, literally or figuratively: as, the sun is the primary illuminator.
- n. One who decorates manuscripts, books, etc., with ornamental pictures, designs, letters, etc., in the style called illumination.
- n. A lens or mirror in a microscope or other optical instrument for concentrating the light.
- n. A glass tile or floor-light.
- n. An apparatus for directing a beam of light upon some object, as in lighting parts of the body in surgical or medical examinations.
- n. A device for carrying a small electric light into the mouth in examining the teeth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One whose occupation is to adorn books, especially manuscripts, with miniatures, borders, etc. See illuminate, v. t., 3.
- n. A condenser or reflector of light in optical apparatus; also, an illuminant.
- to illuminate + -or (Wiktionary)
“For example, to get me a UV lamp for viewing thin layer chromatography plates, an old microscope illuminator from the teaching lab had to be junked.”
“In the twelfth century when, as far as we know, the word illuminator was first applied to one who practised the art of book decoration, it meant one who "lighted up" the page of the book with bright colours and burnished gold.”
“If a scribe excelled in painting miniatures or initial letters he usually confined himself to such work, and was called illuminator, while one who worked chiefly on legal documents was a notarius.”
“But better even than the gold and lapis-lazuli to the illuminator was the sympathy to the isolated enthusiast.”
“He gets an opportunity to leave that life behind however when an "illuminator" (a sorcerer perhaps?) shows up with an ancient book imbued with great power.”
“Later I saw “Personna” and realized that I was in the hands of kind of illuminator of life, death and art, who operated as if with strokes of lightening.”
“The ideographs with which the name of Sin is written show him to have been regarded as the god of wisdom, but while wisdom and light may be connected, it is Nannar's character as the "illuminator" that becomes the chief trait of the god.”
“a miniaturist; and, as we have said, the word "illuminator" was not then known.”
“I bot a Redfield illuminator 3x9 top of the line over 30 years ago for my 300Win magnum.”
“The point is: they did come aft; they were compelled to retreat by my illuminator; and it was my last illuminator.”
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