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gov·er·nor

 (gŭv′ər-nər)
n.
1. Abbr. Gov. A person who governs, especially:
a. The chief executive of a state in the United States.
b. An official appointed to govern a colony or territory.
c. A member of a governing body.
2. The manager or administrative head of an organization, business, or institution.
3. Abbr. Gov. A military commandant.
4. Chiefly British Used as a form of polite address for a man.
5. A feedback device on a machine or engine that is used to provide automatic control, as of speed, pressure, or temperature.

governor

(ˈɡʌvənə)
n
1. a person who governs
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the ruler or chief magistrate of a colony, province, etc
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the representative of the Crown in a British colony
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit the senior administrator or head of a society, prison, etc
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the chief executive of any state in the US
6. (Mechanical Engineering) a device that controls the speed of an engine, esp by regulating the supply of fuel, etc, either to limit the maximum speed or to maintain a constant speed
7. (Grammar) grammar
a. a word in a phrase or clause that is the principal item and gives the function of the whole, as hat in the big red hat
b. (as modifier): a governor noun.
8. informal Brit a name or title of respect for a father, employer, etc

gov•er•nor

(ˈgʌv ər nər, -ə nər)

n.
1. the executive head of a state in the U.S.
2. a person charged with the direction or control of an institution, society, etc.: the governors of a bank; the governor of a prison.
3. a ruler or chief magistrate appointed to govern a province, town, fort, or the like.
4. a device for maintaining uniform speed in a machine, engine, etc., regardless of changes of load, as by regulating the supply of fuel or working fluid.
5. Brit. Informal.
a. one's father.
b. one's employer.
c. any man of superior rank or status.
[1250–1300; Middle English governour < Old French governeor, gouverneur < Latin gubernātōrem, acc. of gubernātor=gubernā(re) to steer, govern + -tor -tor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.governor - the head of a state governmentgovernor - the head of a state government  
bey - the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire
eparch - the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece
governor general - a governor of high rank
military governor - the head of a government established by the military (as in a defeated country)
nabob, nawab - a governor in India during the Mogul empire
politician - a leader engaged in civil administration
proconsul - a provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
satrap - a governor of a province in ancient Persia
viceroy, vicereine - governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of his or her king or sovereign
2.governor - a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
controller, control - a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her"
flywheel - regulator consisting of a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engine
timer - a regulator that activates or deactivates a mechanism at set times

governor

noun leader, administrator, ruler, head, minister, director, manager, chief, officer, executive, boss (informal), commander, controller, supervisor, superintendent, mandarin, comptroller, functionary, overseer, baas (S. African) He was governor of the province in the late 1970s.
Related words
adjective gubernatorial
Translations
حاكِمعُضو لَجنَة حاكِمَهوالي إقْليم، حاكِم منطقَه
guvernérregulátorčlen správní rady
bestyrelsesmedlemdirektørguvernørpræsidiemedlem
kuvernöörimaaherra
igazgatótanács tagja
ríkisstjóristjórnandi; stjórnarmeîlimurlandstjóri, nÿlendustjóri
regulator
člen správnej radyguvernér
direktorguverner
valiyönetim kurulu üyesi

governor

[ˈgʌvənəʳ]
A. N
1. [of colony, state etc] → gobernador(a) m/f
2. (esp Brit) [of prison] → director(a) m/f
3. (Brit) [of school] → miembro mf del consejo
4. (Brit) (= boss) → jefe m, patrón m; (= father) → viejo m
thanks, governor!¡gracias, jefe!
5. (Mech) → regulador m
B. CPD governor general N (Brit) → gobernador(a) m/f general

governor

[ˈgʌvərr] n
[colony, state, bank] → gouverneur m
[school] → membre m du conseil d'établissement; [hospital] → membre m du conseil d'administration
(British) [prison] → directeur/trice m/fGovernor-General [ˌgʌvərrˈdʒɛnərəl] n (British)gouverneur m général

governor

n
(of colony, state etc)Gouverneur(in) m(f)
(esp Brit, of bank, prison) → Direktor(in) m(f); (of school)˜ Mitglied ntdes Schulbeirats; the (board of) governorsder Vorstand; (of bank also)das Direktorium; (of school)˜ der Schulbeirat
(Brit inf: = boss) → Chef m (inf); (= father)alter Herr (inf)
(Mech) → Regler m

governor

[ˈgʌvənəʳ] n
a. (of colony, state, bank) → governatore m; (director, of school, hospital) → membro del consiglio di amministrazione (Brit) (of prison) → direttore/trice
b. (of engine) → controllo automatico della velocità

government

(ˈgavəmənt) noun
1. the people who rule a country or state. the British Government.
2. the way in which a country or state is ruled. Democracy is one form of government.
3. the act or process of governing.
governmental (gavnˈmentl) adjective
ˈgovernor noun
1. in the United States, the head of a state. the Governor of Ohio.
2. a member of the committee of people who govern a school, hospital etc. He is on the board of governors.
3. a person who governs a province or colony.
ˈgovernorship noun
References in classic literature ?
That," said the Sheikh of the village, "is a fox, O Excellency Our Governor.
This will scarcely, however, be considered as a point upon which any comparison can be grounded; for if, in this particular, there be a resemblance to the king of Great Britain, there is not less a resemblance to the Grand Seignior, to the khan of Tartary, to the Man of the Seven Mountains, or to the governor of New York.
On reaching the gates of the town, which was a walled one, the municipality came forth to meet him, the bells rang out a peal, and the inhabitants showed every sign of general satisfaction; and with great pomp they conducted him to the principal church to give thanks to God, and then with burlesque ceremonies they presented him with the keys of the town, and acknowledged him as perpetual governor of the island of Barataria.
This tribe marries only among each other, and the eldest in succession is prince or governor.
Let us first send for two soldiers," said the governor.
The administration of Sir Edmund Andros lacked scarcely a single characteristic of tyranny: a Governor and Council, holding office from the King, and wholly independent of the country; laws made and taxes levied without concurrence of the people immediate or by their representatives; the rights of private citizens violated, and the titles of all landed property declared void; the voice of complaint stifled by restrictions on the press; and, finally, disaffection overawed by the first band of mercenary troops that ever marched on our free soil.
It happens most fortunately, monsieur," he said, "that the governor is just going out, and you can perceive his carriage with the horses already harnessed, in the courtyard yonder; there will be no occasion for him to come to meet you, as he will see you as he passes by.
I know not precisely who next got possession of the chair after Governor Vane went back to England," said Grandfather.
Hester Prynne went one day to the mansion of Governor Bellingham, with a pair of gloves which she had fringed and embroidered to his order, and which were to be worn on some great occasion of state; for, though the chances of a popular election had caused this former ruler to descend a step or two from the highest rank, he still held an honourable and influential place among the colonial magistracy.
The T'other Governor he's always joked his jokes agin me, owing, as I believe, to my being a honest man as gets my living by the sweat of my brow.
The same evening that the prince gave his instructions to Alpatych, Dessalles, having asked to see Princess Mary, told her that, as the prince was not very well and was taking no steps to secure his safety, though from Prince Andrew's letter it was evident that to remain at Bald Hills might be dangerous, he respectfully advised her to send a letter by Alpatych to the Provincial Governor at Smolensk, asking him to let her know the state of affairs and the extent of the danger to which Bald Hills was exposed.
You might think so if you saw the Governor," chuckled Dan.

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