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See also: regülatör and regulátor


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regulate +‎ -or.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛɡ.jʊ.leɪt.ə/, /ˈɹɛɡ.jə.leɪt.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛɡ.ju.leɪt.ɚ/, /ˈɹɛɡ.jə.leɪt.ɚ/


regulator (plural regulators)

  1. A device that controls or limits something.
    The voltage regulator stopped working and the resulting overload destroyed the device.
  2. A person or group that sets standards of practice, especially those established by law.
    • 2021 June 15, Suzanne Rust, “A problem Silicon Valley can’t solve: Drought, quake risk”, in Los Angeles Times[1], Nant Capital, LLC:
      [] in part because a key county reservoir had to been[sic] drained to reduce earthquake risks highlighted by federal regulators.
  3. A very accurate clock, used by clockmakers to measure the timekeeping of each newly made clock.
  4. (genetics) A gene involved in controlling the expression of one or more other genes.
  5. (rail transport) A device that controls the supply of steam to the cylinders of a steam locomotive.
    • 1961 March, Balmore, “Driving and firing modern French steam locomotives”, in Trains Illustrated, page 146:
      To start No. S.002 effectively with a heavy train, one opens the main regulator sufficiently to move the train off very slowly. An excess of regulator opening with the by-pass valve open can cause heavy slipping; if the worst happens, the slipping continues a little longer after the regulator is closed than on an English locomotive.
    • 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 948, page 42:
      This uncoupling done, Gimbert opened the regulator as Nightall climbed back onto the footplate, in order to pull the one burning wagon away from the rest of the bomb-laden train.
  6. (historical) A bulldozer (member of intimidating group of white US Southerners).

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  1. second/third-person singular future passive imperative of rēgulō



Internationalism from English regulator, German Regulator, French régulateur, from Latin rēgulō.


  • IPA(key): /rɛ.ɡuˈla.tɔr/
  • Rhymes: -atɔr
  • Syllabification: re‧gu‧la‧tor


regulator m inan

  1. regulator (device which controls or regulates)
  2. regulator (person or group that sets standards of practice)


Further reading[edit]

  • regulator in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • regulator in Polish dictionaries at PWN