Definition of conveyor in US English:


(also conveyer)


  • 1A person or thing that transports or communicates something.

    ‘a conveyor of information’
    • ‘The massive input of freshwater from melted ice would destabilise the great conveyor system of deep ocean currents that transports heat around the globe and maintains climate the way it is.’
    • ‘Smith was fascinated by patterns and designs, which became, for her, conveyors of information.’
    • ‘Questions such as how clinicians can be patient centred in email consultations require innovative approaches to researching consultations that place emphasis on semantics (as written words are the sole conveyors of information).’
    • ‘As a result, open-source publications have become by default the conveyor to the public of information and analysis on what is really happening in the world.’
    • ‘And because fat is a principal conveyor of taste, his scheme appears more genuinely popular and durable than steamy regimes of endless grains, beans and greens.’
    • ‘Earlier in the program, she describes her role as the conveyor of official news rather than a skeptical reporter.’
    • ‘These are bearers of news, conveyors of messages etc.’
    • ‘They are primarily conveyers of information and opinions.’
    • ‘He's not a great conveyor of personalities like Henry Miller but is very good at stamping his broader impressions into words.’
    • ‘Williams said officers in the detachment's fraud squad have been inundated with cases of fraud locally, whether a person knowingly passed off phony money or, like this person, was simply a conveyor of bad cash.’
    • ‘On a broad level hip hop is the primary conveyor of the language, style, and lifestyles of black youth in America.’
    • ‘They can at best act as conveyors of information and facilitators of decision-making by the political leadership.’
    • ‘The newspaper has portrayed itself as a victim of misinformation, as though a conveyor of falsehoods has scant responsibility.’
    • ‘And then the Vietnam War heated up after that, along with civil rights, etc., and TV became the real conveyor of the narrative here.’
    • ‘The wand is a piece of wood or a long pointy thing that's a conveyor for the energy.’
    • ‘The fascination of both authors was based on a view of a ‘myth’ as more than an invented or fantastic story, but as a conveyor, a carrier of insights into, and longings for, a deeper underlying reality.’
    • ‘They espouse design's purely functionalist role as a conveyor of other people's intentions.’
    • ‘Despite its cachet as the conveyor of the space-age communications, cable - as a technical matter - is basically a wire attached to a pole and burrowed into nearby houses.’
    • ‘A lot of plants are configured so that product is moved to a common conveyor first, and as a result, there is a lot of product handling involved.’
    • ‘From the solid products of lignite combustion, retained ash is transported to storage yards - usually depleted mines - by conveyors or trucks.’
    messenger, special messenger, dispatch rider, letter carrier, mail carrier, runner, bearer, message bearer, message carrier, delivery man, delivery woman, envoy, emissary, harbinger, herald
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    1. 1.1 A conveyor belt.
      • ‘To label products on a conveyor, a target area for a given product conveyed on the conveyor is determined relative to a frame of reference.’
      • ‘In a warehouse that could cover 24 football pitches, 19 miles of conveyors sort everything from toys to chairs before they are loaded onto lorries and shipped to stores.’
      • ‘The conveyor would be linked to the oven conveyor to ensure that both conveyors travel at the same speed.’
      • ‘A visit to a closed foundry, quiet, without a clockwork flow of wheels on conveyors, loading robots, forklifts moving around, sparks flying from grinders and searing heat from open furnaces would be eerie indeed.’
      • ‘Each machine labels, fills, seals and dates the container as it proceeds along the conveyor system to be automatically cased and then transported to the refrigerated high-rise cooler.’
      • ‘There, more than six kilometres of automatic conveyors, computers and state-of-the-art machinery churn out all shapes and sizes of furniture for the leisure, domestic and office markets.’
      • ‘This innovative use of our conveyors subsequently provided much profitable business from UK companies.’
      • ‘‘See how workers and machines labor together to assemble these legendary motorcycles’ that travel overhead by conveyor.’
      • ‘At the north end of the property, beside the distillery's main building there was the bottling works where the bottles were filled by hand and placed on a conveyor running several feet to the labeller.’
      • ‘The shredded cheese drops onto a conveyor underneath, travels through the tumble drum for mixing, and is carried off to the filling operation.’
      • ‘The curds travel over a screen that separates the fine whey from the cheese on a conveyor traveling about a foot a minute.’
      • ‘Pallets of chicken crates were lifted up onto a conveyor which delivered the chickens to the two hangers, who unloaded the crates two-at-a-time by hand.’
      • ‘But as the conveyor cranked into motion, the action of retrieving bags from the belt was made more difficult by the sudden appearance of a small army of men in brilliant blue boiler suits.’
      • ‘They travel along a vibrating conveyor to a series of computer-controlled bucket scales that automatically determine how much product is required to fill the bags below.’
      • ‘Our job in the enrobing room, which housed more than 300 workers, was to hand decorate all the sweets as the passed by on conveyors.’
      • ‘He says that the traditional approach to moving parts and products in North American plants - heavy conveyors - is going to give way.’
      • ‘He's riding a conveyor belt, and I made the comment that the people on the opposite conveyor are so perfectly spaced and cast they look like extras.’
      • ‘‘You must be joking,’ I wanted to say, but choked on my words as I looked at the moving conveyer and spotted my long-awaited weather-beaten backpack.’
      • ‘She lifted her bag off of the conveyer, aware of his blue-grey eyes, the colour of storm clouds before a strong evening storm, focusing on her.’
      • ‘Manual handling such as lifting and carrying can be easier and safer if mechanized by using lift tables, conveyors, yokes or trucks.’
      messenger, agent, emissary, carrier, provider
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