AskDefine | Define manipulator

Dictionary Definition



1 an agent that operates some apparatus or machine; "the operator of the switchboard" [syn: operator]
2 a person who handles things manually

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. One who manipulates.
  2. A device which can be used to move, arrange or operate something.

Extensive Definition

A manipulator is a device used under human control to manipulate materials without direct contact. The materials are frequently radioactive or biohazardous.
(control systems) An armlike mechanism on a robotic system that consists of a series of segments, usually sliding or jointed which grasp and move objects with a number of degrees of freedom, under automatic control
manipulator in German: Manipulator
manipulator in Estonian: Manipulaator
manipulator in Dutch: Manipulator
manipulator in Norwegian: Manipulator

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