• Operator


    • RP IPA: /ˈɒpəɹeɪtÉ™/
    • GenAm IPA: /ˈɑːpəɹeɪtÉš/

    Full definition of operator



    (plural operators)
    1. One who operates.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, The Celebrity Chapter 1, 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. Chinese whispers.
    5. (informal) A person who is adept at making deals or getting results, especially one who uses questionable methods.
    6. A member of a military Special Operations unit.
    7. (computing) The administrator of a channel or network on IRC.
    8. (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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