Definition of separator in US English:



  • 1A machine or device that separates something into its constituent or distinct elements.

    ‘a magnetic separator’
    • ‘Onsite separators extracted 40,000 gal of petroleum products from fuel tanks that floated and spun over.’
    • ‘Fat content of pasteurized milk is adjusted via two separators, which skim the fat out.’
    • ‘Pretreatment calls for running whey through fat separators to reduce its fat content to less than 0.05 percent.’
    • ‘Prices for separators also differ, although they represent a larger investment for a dairy operation than other processing components, based on their function, size and complexity.’
    • ‘The separators remove oil to increase the life of the cleaning solution.’
    • ‘Waste from the ship's bilges is pumped into holding tanks, then run through separators to remove water from the oil.’
    • ‘Other separators can extract impurities from lubricating oils, beer and wine, and numerous other substances.’
    • ‘Granular-bed separators consist of beds of sand, carbon, or other particles, which will trap the solids in a gas suspension that, is passed through the bed.’
    • ‘Ships are required to have oil-water separators, however the leftover oily water may be discharged at sea, depending upon its concentration, 12 to 200 miles offshore.’
    • ‘The lower energy consumption required to run hermetic separators helps reduce operational costs.’
    • ‘After consultation with the sterilizer manufacturer, it was determined that steam separators needed to be installed to improve the quality of the steam.’
    • ‘The company has a new 500 series of separators and clarifiers that are USDA accepted and have the highest capacity throughput in the market today.’
    • ‘When space is limited, oil-grit separators and other small technologies can be useful in treating the initial first-flow runoff.’
    • ‘To confirm our findings about the in-line fuel-air separators, we installed each of them individually on a colleague's Tiara Pursuit 24-foot center console so we could try them with actual fuel.’
    • ‘The rubble-crushing system includes an impact crusher plant, conveyors, an electromagnetic separator, and a screen plant.’
    • ‘Minerals were separated with a magnetic separator and further separation of micas was carried out using a vibrating table and handpicking in an attempt to achieve maximum purity.’
    • ‘Units must ensure that training for maintenance operations in hot weather includes fuel system troubleshooting and diagnosis, including examination of pumps, injectors, fuel lines, filters, and separators.’
    • ‘The same products are available for helicopters but are supplemented with electronics cooling and winch cooling equipment and oil coolers, particle separators and engine scavengers.’
    • ‘Farmers first saw steel plows, gas-driven tractors, cream separators, and electric lights at fairs.’
    • ‘As milk varieties expanded, the need for more sophisticated separators also has grown, with processors separating and reintroducing milk fat for different fat-based product types.’
    1. 1.1 Something that keeps two or more things apart.
      ‘most mail daemons use commas as separators between addresses’
      • ‘Why hadn't she simply pretended there were no gaps, no separators, only a blank, endless space of that blinding, sheer white that sent her head spinning?’
      • ‘A system and method for producing fuel cell separators can produce fuel cell separators with high contact performance.’
      • ‘On a related note, and something that we mentioned previously, the manuals should have descriptive tab separators.’
      • ‘Photocopies of these clever additions are likely already adorning dorm room walls and cubicle separators throughout the land.’
      • ‘The Rose Medical Center had two patients to one room, with two sets of equipment, beds, and TVs, separated only by a sheet of plastic, running on a metal guide on the ceiling, that could act as a separator.’
      • ‘I could hear him giving them their instructions through the room separator.’
      • ‘It was elegant with its black tiles, glass separators, and some gold fixtures.’
      • ‘Several window manufacturers now sandwich foam separators, nylon spacers, and insulation materials such as poly-styrene and rockwool between the glass inside their windows.’
      • ‘Next, weave Kleenex between toes to keep them apart, or use a toe separator.’
      • ‘They had come from China to Japan in the 7th century and were used as room separators, mostly with 4 or 6 panels.’
      • ‘Two- and three-rail fences are nice landscape separators, while the taller four- and five-rail versions make a stout fence for animals.’
      • ‘Then, if you dropped the battery on a concrete floor, the glass separators cracked or broke, thus violating the solid barrier between the plates.’