One that activates, especially a device responsible for actuating a mechanical device, such as one connected to a computer by a sensor link.(noun)
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Use "actuator" in a sentence
"The motor and 5: 1 gearbox are Swiss made, and the rudder actuator is sensitive to 64-steps, allowing 180-degree turns within a 12-foot-wide room."
"BGW: how about the word actuator instead of trigger with respect to Mr. Redneckerson...it carries more of the engineer chic that is so popular with the kids these days."
"Applying a voltage between the indium-tin-oxide coating and the film can cause it to bend downward, into the groove in the plastic: the film becomes an "actuator" - the moving part in a MEMS."