distributor

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈstrɪbjʊr/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dɪˈstrɪbjətɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(di stribyə tər)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dis•trib•u•tor /dɪˈstrɪbyətɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person or thing that distributes.
  2. Businessa firm or company that markets a line of merchandise generally or within a given territory:the beer distributor for the county.
  3. Automotive, Mechanical Engineeringa device in an engine that distributes the electricity to the spark plugs.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dis•trib•u•tor  (di stribyə tər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that distributes.
  2. Business[Com.]
    • a person, firm, etc., engaged in the general distribution or marketing of some article or class of goods.
    • a wholesaler who has exclusive rights to market, within a given territory, the goods of a manufacturer or company.
  3. Automotive, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineeringa device in a multicylinder engine that distributes the igniting voltage to the spark plugs in a definite sequence.
  4. [Print.]
    • Printing(in a press) one of the rollers for spreading ink on the table, rolling it to a proper consistency, and transferring it to rollers that ink the form or plate.
    • PrintingAlso called  distributor bar′. (in a Linotype) a bar with keylike cuts along its length, for sorting matrices into their proper magazines after type has been cast.
Also,  distributer. 
  • Late Latin distribūtor. See distribute, -tor
  • 1520–30

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
distributor, distributer /dɪˈstrɪbjʊtə/ n
  1. a person or thing that distributes
  2. a wholesaler or middleman engaged in the distribution of a category of goods, esp to retailers in a specific area
  3. the device in a petrol engine that distributes the high-tension voltage to the sparking plugs in the sequence of the firing order
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