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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Accelerator  \Ac*cel"er*a`tor\,  n. 
  One  who  or  that  which  accelerates.  Also  as  an  adj.;  as 
  accelerator  nerves. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  accelerator 
  n  1:  a  pedal  that  controls  the  throttle  valve;  "he  stepped  on  the 
  gas"  [syn:  {accelerator  pedal},  {gas  pedal},  {gas},  {throttle}, 
  {gun}] 
  2:  a  valve  that  regulates  the  supply  of  fuel  to  the  engine 
  [syn:  {throttle},  {throttle  valve}] 
  3:  (chemistry)  a  substance  that  initiates  or  accelerates  a 
  chemical  reaction  without  itself  being  affected  [syn:  {catalyst}] 
  [ant:  {anticatalyst}] 
  4:  increases  the  kinetic  energy  of  charged  particles  [syn:  {particle 
  accelerator},  {atom  smasher}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  accelerator 
 
    Additional  hardware  to  perform  some  function  faster 
  than  is  possible  in  software  running  on  the  normal  {CPU}. 
  Examples  include  {graphics  accelerator}s  and  {floating-point 
  accelerator}s. 
 
  (1994-11-08) 
 
 




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