from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that separates, as a device for separating cream from milk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An object located between two or more things and hence separates them.
- n. A device for removing one substance from another, such as cream from milk.
- n. An agent performing the action of separating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A device for depriving steam of particles of water mixed with it.
- n. An apparatus for sorting pulverized ores into grades, or separating them from gangue.
- n. An instrument used for spreading apart the threads of the warp in the loom, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who separates.
- n. Any implement, machine, or contrivance used for separating one thing from another: as, cream-separators; grain- separators; magnetic separators (for separating valuable ores from the rock or sand by means of powerful magnets); etc.
- n. A device for separating water from steam: usually a vessel, placed in the steam-line, having deflectors so arranged as to throw the water against metallic surfaces to which it will cling.
- n. An insulating grid or plate of glass, vulcanite or other nonconducting material placed between the plates of a storage cell.
- n. A piece of metal placed between two adjacent beams to hold them at a fixed distance apart.
- n. A device on a ring-spinning machine designed to prevent interference between the yarns of adjacent spindles. Also called antiballooner.
- n. An instrument for separating the membranes from the brain in a postmortem examination.
- n. An instrument for widening the jaw and effecting separation of the crowded teeth.
- n. An appliance for obtaining the urine secreted by one kidney unmixed with that from the other kidney.
- n. A device used in a type-setting machine to permit only one character to pass through at a time.
- n. In electricity, a device by means of which a single line may be used simultaneously for telephony and telegraphic signaling or for two distinct sets of telegraphic signals.
- n. A separator, invented by Venstrom, in which the powdered ore is carried by a traveling belt toward a partly magnetized cylinder, which attracts the magnetic ore, carrying it into a chute leading to the ore-bin, while the non-magnetic ore is carried by the belt to the waste chute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension
separate + -or (Wiktionary)