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Distributor   /dɪstrˈɪbjətər/   Listen

Someone who markets merchandise.  Synonym: distributer.
A person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion.  Synonym: allocator.
A company that markets merchandise.
Electrical device that distributes voltage to the spark plugs of a gasoline engine in the order of the firing sequence.  Synonyms: distributer, electrical distributor.

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"Distributor" Quotes from Famous Books

... two points, 180 degrees apart; the cam was rotated in the opposite direction to the engine at one-quarter engine speed. Ignition was obtained by using a one-spark coil and vibrator for all cylinders, with a distributor to select the right cylinder for each spark—this was before the days of the high-tension magneto and the almost perfect ignition systems that makers now employ. The scheme of ignition for this engine was originated by Manly himself, ...
— A History of Aeronautics • E. Charles Vivian

... eradication program in the world; continues as the primary transshipment country for US-bound cocaine from South America, with an estimated 90% of annual cocaine movements toward the US stopping in Mexico; major drug syndicates control the majority of drug trafficking throughout the country; producer and distributor of ecstasy; significant money-laundering center; major supplier of heroin and largest foreign supplier of marijuana and methamphetamine to the US ...
— The 2008 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency.

... officers refused, the people became violent; and at Boston, Newark, N.J., New Haven, New London, Conn., at Providence, at Newport, R.I., at Dover, N.H., at Annapolis, Md., serious riots took place. Buildings were torn down, and more than one unhappy distributor was dragged from his home, and forced to stand before the people and shout, ...
— A School History of the United States • John Bach McMaster

... 4th June, and the other 1st December, 1812. Early in 1813 he bought Rydal Mount, and, having removed thither, changed his abode no more during the rest of his life. In March of this year he was appointed Distributor of Stamps for the county of Westmorland, an office whose receipts rendered him independent, and whose business he was able to do by deputy, thus leaving him ample leisure for nobler duties. De Quincey speaks of this appointment as an instance of the remarkable good luck which waited ...
— English Critical Essays - Nineteenth Century • Various

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