Reg"u*la`tor(-l?`t?r), n. 1. One who, or that which, regulates.
(Mach.) A contrivance for regulating and controlling motion, as: (a) The lever or index in a watch, which controls the effective length of the hairspring, and thus regulates the vibrations of the balance. (b) The governor of a steam engine. (c) A valve for controlling the admission of steam to the steam chest, in a locomotive.
3. A clock, or other timepiece, used as a standard of correct time. See
Astronomical clock (a), under Clock.
4. A member of a volunteer committee which, in default of the lawful authority, undertakes to preserve order and prevent crimes; also, sometimes, one of a band organized for the comission of violent crimes.
A few stood neutral, or declared in favor of the Regulators.Bancroft.
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