Definition of Governor

1. Noun. The head of a state government.

2. Noun. A control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel).
Exact synonyms: Regulator
Generic synonyms: Control, Controller
Specialized synonyms: Flywheel, Timer
Derivative terms: Govern

Definition of Governor

1. n. One who governs; especially, one who is invested with the supreme executive authority in a State; a chief ruler or magistrate; as, the governor of Pennsylvania.

Definition of Governor

1. Noun. The leader of a region or state that is a member of a federation or an empire. In Rome, they were endorsed by the emperor and appointed by the Senate. In the modern United States, they are elected by the people of that state. ¹

2. Noun. A device which regulates or controls some action of a machine through automatic feedback. ¹

3. Noun. A member of a decision-making for an organization or entity (including some public agencies) similar to or equivalent to a board of directors (used especially for banks); a member of the board of governors. ¹

4. Noun. (informal) father. ¹

5. Noun. (informal) Boss, employer. ¹

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Definition of Governor

1. one that governs [n -S] - See also: governs

Medical Definition of Governor

1. 1. One who governs; especially, one who is invested with the supreme executive authority in a State; a chief ruler or magistrate; as, the governor of Pennsylvania. "The governor of the town." 2. One who has the care or guardianship of a young man; a tutor; a guardian. 3. A pilot; a steersman. 4. A contrivance applied to steam engines, water wheels, and other machinery, to maintain nearly uniform speed when the resistances and motive force are variable. The illustration shows a form of governor commonly used for steam engines, in wich a heavy sleeve (a) sliding on a rapidly revolving spindle (b), driven by the engine, is raised or lowered, when the speed varies, by the changing centrifugal force of two balls (c c) to which it is connected by links (d d), the balls being attached to arms (e e) which are jointed to the top of the spindle. The sleeve is connected with the throttle valve or cut-off through a lever (f), and its motion produces a greater supply of steam when the engine runs too slowly and a less supply when too fast. Governor cut-off, a governor which is operated by the action of a liquid in flowing; a cataract. Origin: OE. Governor, governour, OF. Governeor, F. Gouverneur, fr. L. Gubernator steersman, ruler, governor. See Govern. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Governor

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Literary usage of Governor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1900)
"1644), governor of Virginia, born about 1575, was the eldest son of George Wyat of Boxley Abbey, who married, on 8 Oct. 1582, at Eastwell, Kent, Jane, ..."

2. The American Historical Review by American historical association (1898)
"Proprietary commission to Robert Barclay, governor of East New Jersey. ... Proprietary instructions to Gawen Lawrie, deputy-governor of East New Jersey. ..."

3. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"^o person shall be eligible to the office of governor or ... The governor shall be ineligible for the succeeding four years after the expiration of the time ..."

4. The Spectator by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1830)
"The governor, despairing oi success by ordinary means, apprehended and imprisoned her husband, under pretence of an information, that he was guilty of a ..."

5. Journal by Indiana General Assembly. Senate, Indiana, General Assembly (1895)
"MORTIMER NYE, Lieutenant-governor and President of the Senate: DEAR SIR—The sad news has been confirmed of the death of the Hon. ..."

6. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States : a by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, John Church Hamilton (1869)
"... there is not loss a resemblance to the Grand Seignor, to the Khan of Tartary, to the man of the seven mountains, or to the governor of New-York. ..."

7. Annual Report by Correctional Association of New York (1870)
"governor CLAFLIN, of Massachusetts: My sympathies are warmly enlisted in the ... governor MARSHALL, of Minnesota: I heartily sympathize with the cause of ..."

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