Pronunciation: (di-strib'yu-tur), [key]
1. a person or thing that distributes.
a. a person, firm, etc., engaged in the general distribution or marketing of some article or class of goods.
b. a wholesaler who has exclusive rights to market, within a given territory, the goods of a manufacturer or company.
3. Auto., Mach.a device in a multicylinder engine that distributes the igniting voltage to the spark plugs in a definite sequence.
a. (in a press) one of the rollers for spreading ink on the table, rolling it to a proper consistency, and transferring it to rollers that ink the form or plate.
b. Also called distrib'utor bar". (in a Linotype) a bar with keylike cuts along its length, for sorting matrices into their proper magazines after type has been cast. Also,distributer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.