governor

A governor leads a state government, just like a president leads a national government.

If you know that governing means to be in charge of something, that should help you remember what a governor is. Just as mayors run cities and presidents and prime ministers run countries, governors run states. A governor is elected for a term, has a vice governor, and deals with a legislature, just like the U.S. President. Governor is a very important title in the U.S., and many governors — such as Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush — have gone on to become U.S. presidents.

Primary Meanings of governor

1.
n
the head of a state government
2.
n
a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
Full Definitions of governor
1

n the head of a state government

Types:
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bey
the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire
eparch
the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece
governor general
a governor of high rank
military governor
the head of a government established by the military (as in a defeated country)
nabob, nawab
a governor in India during the Mogul empire
proconsul
a provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
satrap
a governor of a province in ancient Persia
vicereine, viceroy
governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of his or her king or sovereign
burgrave
the military governor of a German town in the 12th and 13th centuries
exarch
a viceroy who governed a large province in the Roman Empire
Khedive
one of the Turkish viceroys who ruled Egypt between 1867 and 1914
margrave
the military governor of a frontier province in medieval Germany
Type of:
politician
a leader engaged in civil administration
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n a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)

Synonyms:
regulator
Types:
flywheel
regulator consisting of a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engine
timer
a regulator that activates or deactivates a mechanism at set times
fluid flywheel
a kind of fluid coupling in which the flywheel is the driving rotor
Type of:
control, controller
a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

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