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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A machine for distributing type.
  • n. An appliance, as a roller, in a printing press, for distributing ink.
  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as distributer.

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

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


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