from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who initiates
  • n. A substance that initiates a chain reaction or polymerization
  • n. A task (in a mainframe computer) that initiates multiple jobs
  • n. A material whose presence in the body eventually leads to cancer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who initiates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which initiates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who initiates a course of action


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  • This alteration is often described as the initiator of carcinogenesis.


  • CORRESPONDENT: What the document, Stan, says is that over a four-year period the Iranians have been developing a neutron initiator, which is a component, and essential component for a detonator for a nuclear weapon.

    CNN Transcript Dec 14, 2009

  • Ten years later, Costco merged with The Price Company, known as the initiator of the warehouse club concept.

  • An iSCSI "client" is an initiator, which is a direct translation of the SCSI protocol.

    Network News

  • An iSCSI "client" is an initiator, which is a direct translation of the

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  • Ahmadinejad flatly rejected a report in a British newspaper last week citing documents showing Iran has been pursuing a neutron initiator, which is a trigger for detonating a nuclear device and has no other purpose.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • (Even in "Playgirl" style "porn for women" men are portrayed as * actively* presenting themselves ... submitting themselves in ways that initiate by * actively* inviting the observer rather than leaving space where the observer can identify as the initiator her - or himself.)

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  • They're still filtering debris to try to identify what kind of initiator or timer was used.

    Warning Signs

  • This was the core within the core, an "initiator" which would emit a burst of neutrons in the first millionth of a second of detonation.

    Stallion Gate

  • He had to place the "initiator" in its nest in the center of the core, and the insertion had to be done in slow motion while the building radiation was monitored.

    Stallion Gate


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