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Noun: operator  'ó-pu,rey-tu(r)
  1. (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation
  2. An agent that operates some apparatus or machine
    "the operator of the switchboard";
    - manipulator
  3. Someone who owns or operates a business
    "who is the operator of this franchise?"
  4. A shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties
    - hustler [N. Amer, informal], wheeler-dealer
  5. A speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets

Derived forms: operators

Type of: businessman, causal agency, causal agent, cause, chancer [Brit, informal], function, man of affairs, map, mapping, mathematical function, opportunist, plunger, self-seeker, single-valued function, speculator

Encyclopedia: Operator, Operator