Operator Op"er*a`tor, n. [L.] 1. One who, or that which, operates or produces an effect. [1913 Webster]

2. (Surg.) One who performs some act upon the human body by means of the hand, or with instruments. [1913 Webster]

3. A dealer in stocks or any commodity for speculative purposes; a speculator. [Brokers' Cant] [1913 Webster]

4. (Math.) The symbol that expresses the operation to be performed; -- called also {facient}. [1913 Webster]

5. A person who operates a telephone switchboard. [PJC]

6. A person who schemes and maneuvers adroitly or deviously to achieve his/her purposes. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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