generator gen‧e‧ra‧tor [ˈdʒenəreɪtə ǁ -ər] noun [countable]
1. COMMERCE a product which makes a profit or has other advantages:

• The company's biggest profit generator is its snack-food operation.

• The auto industry is a huge generator of employment and foreign exchange for Mexico.

2. COMPUTING a computer program that is used to produce a particular set of figures, results etc:

• You can use a report generator to obtain all data from the database.

3. MANUFACTURING a machine that produces power:

• electricity generators

wind generators

• the stadium's back-up generator (= one that can be used if the main generator stops working )

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generator UK US /ˈdʒenəreɪtər/ noun [C]
PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a machine that produces electricity: »

The turbine connects to a generator and feeds power into the grid.

a person, company, government, etc. that produces something: a generator of sth »

Southern England is the chief generator of tax for the United Kingdom overall.


an income/economic/revenue generator

UK PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a company that produces electricity: »

National Power, Britain's second largest generator, announced record profits yesterday.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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