Definition of discriminator in English:

discriminator

noun

  • 1A characteristic which enables people or things to be distinguished from one another.

    ‘age should not be used as a primary discriminator in recruitment’
    • ‘With competition proliferating across all sectors and offerings becoming standardised, the only apparent discriminators remaining are price and service.’
    • ‘The thickness of the tumour and whether there is ulceration remain important prognostic discriminators in patients with a negative biopsy.’
    • ‘Past performance loses its value as a meaningful discriminator among contractors.’
    • ‘On a receiver operating characteristic curve, the best discriminator was the highest value of keratinocyte growth factor within 5 days after birth.’
    • ‘That's not much of a discriminator, because all scientists are under career pressure all the time, but it does point up the fact that this kind of misconduct is not motivated by simple monetary gain.’
    • ‘In one study, only the onset of pain and its location were useful discriminators.’
    • ‘Variables that were determined to be good discriminators for the analysis were recorded.’
    • ‘Although in common use, the geochemistry of modern arc lavas is not a safe discriminator for the tectonic setting of Archaean volcanic rocks.’
    • ‘Law firms would not dream of excluding these de facto discriminators from their hiring schedules, though.’
    • ‘These features were utilized as taxonomic discriminators because usually their structures are well preserved in fossilized coralla and they are relatively easy to study in thin section.’
    • ‘We want to make it a discriminator that forces you to remember good professional practice.’
    • ‘Controlling for these and other variables, gambling addiction was found to be a significant discriminator between problem and non-problem gamblers.’
    • ‘Having lost an important discriminator between old and young men, she moves on to secondary characteristics of age, such as: does he have a car, is he old enough to get served in pubs.’
    • ‘The market discriminators today are direct operating cost, simplicity and ease of maintenance.’
    • ‘Frequency of use, length of time using, and regularity of use are all significant and strong discriminators of cessation versus continued use.’
    • ‘It should be noted that ppGpp-sensitive promoters in B. subtilis do not share the same discriminator motif known to be characteristic for stringent and growth rate regulated E. coli promoters.’
    • ‘Thus, this factor alone is not a major discriminator between both groups.’
    • ‘A multiclass SVM architecture was designed to place less discriminatory load on weaker discriminators, and novel SVM kernels were used to boost discrimination strength.’
    • ‘‘One of the most important discriminators now is how much money, and how much buying power, people have got,’ said the chief executive of a branding consultancy.’
    • ‘The results of this study suggest that aggressive problem solving is a robust discriminator of preschool boys with and without clinically significant disruptive behavior.’
  • 2Electronics
    A circuit or device which only produces an output when the input exceeds a fixed value.

    • ‘In general, the present invention provides a pair of correlators that operate on a set of samples output by a discriminator.’
    • ‘The output of this unit was amplified and passed through a discriminator.’
    • ‘A phase discriminator samples the output of the oscillator and accumulates data representing the duty cycle of that signal.’
    1. 2.1 A circuit which converts a frequency-modulated signal into an amplitude-modulated one.
      • ‘Further, the radio includes a single discriminator circuit wherein, in the FM mode, the discriminator tank circuit is used to convert frequency deviation to baseband audio and, in the AM mode, the discriminator tank circuit is used as the frequency-determining element for the voltage controlled oscillator.’
      • ‘The frequency demodulation provided by the electronic discriminator found in every FM radio is precisely the process needed to recover the molecular velocity signal.’
      • ‘This discriminator simply works on the principal that with no modulation applied to the carrier there is no output at the detector.’

Pronunciation

discriminator

/dɪˈskrɪmɪneɪtə/