from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that distributes, especially a device that applies electric current in proper sequence to the spark plugs of an engine.
  • noun One that markets or sells merchandise, especially a wholesaler.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as distributer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A machine for distributing type.
  • noun An appliance, as a roller, in a printing press, for distributing ink.
  • noun An apparatus for distributing an electric current, either to various points in rotation, as in some motors, or along two or more lines in parallel, as in a distributing system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who distributes, a thing that distributes.
  • noun In an internal combustion engine, the device that distributes current to the spark plugs.

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

  • noun electrical device that distributes voltage to the spark plugs of a gasoline engine in the order of the firing sequence
  • noun a person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion
  • noun a company that markets merchandise
  • noun someone who markets merchandise


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