operator

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin operatōr, from operor (work, labour). Equivalent to operate +‎ -or.

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NounEdit

operator (countable and uncountable, plural operators)

  1. One who operates.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.
  2. A telecommunications facilitator whose job is to establish temporary network connections.
  3. (mathematics) A function or other mapping that carries variables defined on a domain into another variable or set of variables in a defined range.
  4. (uncountable) The game of Chinese whispers.
  5. (informal) A person who is adept at making deals or getting results, especially one who uses questionable methods.
    • 1990, House of Cards, Season 1, Episode 1:
      Francis Urquhart: I think Lord Billsborough is starting to lose touch a bit.
      Tim Stamper: Shame. Used to be a hell of an operator in his day.
  6. A member of a military special operations unit.
  7. (computing) The administrator of a channel or network on IRC.
  8. (computing) A symbol that represents a construct in a programming language and differs from a normal function in its syntax.
  9. (linguistics) A kind of expression that enters into an a-bar movement dependency and is said to bind a variable.
    In the sentence "What did Bill say he wants to buy?", "what" is an operator, binding a phonetically empty variable.

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KurdishEdit

EtymologyEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /oːpɛɾɑːˈtoːɾ/

NounEdit

operator ?

  1. surgeon (doctor who performs surgery)
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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

operor +‎ -tor.

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NounEdit

operātor m (genitive operātōris); third declension

  1. worker, operator

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative operātor operātōrēs
Genitive operātōris operātōrum
Dative operātōrī operātōribus
Accusative operātōrem operātōrēs
Ablative operātōre operātōribus
Vocative operātor operātōrēs

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VerbEdit

operātor

  1. second-person singular future active imperative of operor
  2. third-person singular future active imperative of operor

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Serbo-CroatianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /opěraːtor/
  • Hyphenation: o‧pe‧ra‧tor

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opèrātor m (Cyrillic spelling опѐра̄тор)

  1. (mathematics) operator

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operator c

  1. (mathematics, computing) an operator

DeclensionEdit

Declension of operator 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative operator operatorn operatorer operatorerna
Genitive operators operatorns operatorers operatorernas