regulator

Definitions of regulator
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n any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.

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aperture
a device that controls amount of light admitted
ball cock, ballcock
floating ball that controls level in a water tank
draft
a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace
faucet, spigot
a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
peg
regulator that can be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument
petcock
regulator consisting of a small cock or faucet or valve for letting out air or releasing compression or draining
register
a regulator (as a sliding plate) for regulating the flow of air into a furnace or other heating device
escape, escape cock, escape valve, relief valve, safety valve
a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
floodgate, head gate, penstock, sluice valve, sluicegate, water gate
regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice
thermoregulator, thermostat
a regulator for automatically regulating temperature by starting or stopping the supply of heat
cryostat
a thermostat that operates at very low temperatures
mixing faucet
single faucet for separate hot and cold water pipes
pyrostat
a thermostat that operates at very high temperatures
cock, stopcock, turncock
faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquid
hydrant, tap, water faucet, water tap
a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
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control, controller
a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

n a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)

Synonyms:
governor
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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

n an official responsible for control and supervision of a particular activity or area of public interest

Type of:
functionary, official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office

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