from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who effects a reformation or amendment: as, a reformer of manners or of abuses; specifically [capitalized], one of those who instituted or assisted in the religious reformatory movements of the sixteenth century and earlier.
  • noun One who promotes or urges reform: as, a tariff reformer; a spelling reformer.

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

  • noun One who effects a reformation or amendment; one who labors for, or urges, reform.
  • noun (Eccl.Hist.) One of those who commenced the reformation of religion in the sixteenth century, as Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and Calvin.

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

  • noun One who reforms, or who works for reform.
  • noun history One who was involved in the Reformation.
  • noun chemical engineering, fuel cells A device which converts hydrocarbons into a hydrogen-rich mixture of gases.
  • noun chemical engineering, petrochemistry A device used to convert petroleum refinery naphthas, typically having low octane ratings, into high-octane liquid products called reformates.

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

  • noun a disputant who advocates reform
  • noun an apparatus that reforms the molecular structure of hydrocarbons to produce richer fuel


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