Meaning of articulator in English:


Pronunciation /ɑːˈtɪkjʊleɪtə/


  • 1A person who puts forward or expresses an idea.

    ‘he is as good an articulator of his party's message as they've had in a long time’
    • ‘Probably the most famous articulator of the leisure gap is Arlie Hoschchild, who reported in ‘The Second Shift’ that the leisure gap between men and women in two-wage households worked out to an entire extra month of 24-hour days.’
    • ‘Bataille (anthropologist, philosopher and pornographer, a doyen of recent postmodern aestheticism and anti-rationalism) was perhaps the most powerful articulator of Kojève's pessimism in the face of the ‘death of man’.’
    • ‘Standish Michael Keon, Melbourne backbencher with a feline wit, was the chief parliamentary articulator of Santamaria's ‘threat from the north’ line, though not a Movement member.’
    • ‘Hippocrates is an amazing figure, both a father of scientific ethics and first articulator of the insight that frees humankind to discover the universe.’
    • ‘How can we understand the construction of the female protagonist as the agent and articulator of desire for another woman in the narrative within existing psychoanalytic theories of sexual difference?’
  • 2Any of the vocal organs above the larynx, including the tongue, lips, teeth, and hard palate.

    ‘Spoken language makes use of sound carried on out-breathed air from the lungs, which is modulated by articulators (tongue, lips, etc.) to produce the vocal repertoire of a natural language.’
    • ‘For labio-dental consonants, the active articulator is the lower lip.’
    • ‘Glides, such as j and w, which are produced by a rapid movement of the articulators, either from, or more commonly towards a vowel articulation, are also dependent.’
    • ‘The output of the formulators is sent to the articulator which makes use of a large set of non-language specific speech motor plans.’
    • ‘The diaphragm, cords and articulators must be retrained so that the technique becomes automatic.’