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

  • noun One that translates, especially.
  • noun One employed to render written works into another language.
  • noun A computer program or application that renders one language or data format into another.
  • noun An interpreter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which translates.
  • noun Specifically— One who renders something spoken or written in one language into another: as, he held the office of public translator.
  • noun A cobbler of a low class, who manufactures boots and shoes from the material of old ones, selling them at a low price to second-hand dealers.
  • noun plural Second-hand boots mended and sold at a low price.
  • noun In telegraphy, a sensitive receiving-instrument used for retransmitting a message, or for translation: commonly called a relay.
  • noun Any instrument for converting one form of energy into another: thus, the magneto-electric engine which transforms the power of a steam-engine into electricity is a translator.

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

  • noun One who translates; esp., one who renders into another language; one who expresses the sense of words in one language by equivalent words in another.
  • noun (Teleg.), engraving A repeating instrument.

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

  • noun A person who translates text, film, or other material into a different natural language.
  • noun by extension One that makes a new version of a source material in a different language or format.
  • noun proscribed A language interpreter.

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

  • noun someone who mediates between speakers of different languages
  • noun a program that translates one programming language into another
  • noun a person who translates written messages from one language to another


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin trānslātor, agent noun from perfect passive participle trānslātus, from trānsferō ("carry across"), from trans ("across, beyond") + ferō ("bear, carry").



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