governor

Definitions

  • Governor of Newfoundland
    Governor of Newfoundland
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n governor a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
    • n governor the head of a state government
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Governor took out his watch The Governor took out his watch
GOVERNOR SLOUGHTER'S PAINFUL AWAKENING GOVERNOR SLOUGHTER'S PAINFUL AWAKENING
Centrifugal ball governor and throttle valve Centrifugal ball governor and throttle valve
SQUARE IN FRONT OF GOVERNOR’S PALACE AT SANTIAGO DE CUBA SQUARE IN FRONT OF GOVERNOR’S PALACE AT SANTIAGO DE CUBA
Governor Hutchinson's House Governor Hutchinson's House

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When former Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he made a special request that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a tombstone. The governor passed away on March 2, 1906, which is Texas Independence Day. The pecan tree is now the state tree of Texas
    • Governor (Mach) A contrivance applied to steam engines, water wheels, and other machinery, to maintain nearly uniform speed when the resistances and motive force are variable.
    • Governor (Naut) A pilot; a steersman.
    • Governor 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."
    • Governor One who has the care or guardianship of a young man; a tutor; a guardian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ghengis Kahn's first conquered land was an act of retaliation. Kahn sent a group of traders on a peaceful mission to Transoxiana. The governor there beheaded their leader and sent the others back to Kahn with their beards cut off. So Kahn attacked them and continued to onward until most of Asia and Europe were his.
    • n governor A steersman; a pilot.
    • n governor The person invested with the supreme executive power in a state or community; specifically, as a personal title, the chief magistrate of a state or province: as, the governor of Connecticut; the governor of Newfoundland. As a title, abbreviated Gov.
    • n governor One who is charged with the direction or control of an undertaking or institution: as, the governors of the Bank of England; the governor of a prison or hospital.
    • n governor A tutor; one who has the care of a young man; one who instructs a pupil and forms his manners. Compare governess, 2.
    • n governor A father; a master or superior; an employer; an elderly person.
    • n governor In machinery, a self-acting regulator which controls a supply of steam, gas, or water; especially, any device for automatically regulating the amount of power developed in a machine, as in a steamengine. Governors are made in a variety of forms and with different methods of action. A form of governor for the steam-engine which illustrates well the general function of such devices is shown in the annexed figure. It represents a spindle kept in motion by the engine. A and B are two centrifugal balls, C A and C B the rods which suspend the balls, crossing each other and passing through the spindleat C, where the whole is connected by a round pin put through the spindle and the rods, and serving as the point of suspension for the centrifugal balls or revolving pendulums. A piece of brass, M, is fitted to slide up and down upon the upper part of the spindle, and to this piece the end of the lever N O, whose fulcrum is at P, is attached. This piece of brass is also connected with the ball-rods by two short pieces and joints, D E, F G. When the engine goes too fast, the balls fly further asunder and depress the end N of the lever, which partly shuts a throttle-valve connected with the end O, and thus diminishes the quantity of steam admitted into the cylinder; and on the other hand, when the engine goes too slowly, the balls fall down toward the spindle and elevate the end N of the lever, which opens the throttle-valve wider, and increases the quantity of steam admitted into the cylinder, thus causing it to be proportioned to the resistance of the engine, and keeping the variation of velocity within narrow limits. A similar contrivance is employed in mills to equalize the motion of the machinery. When any part of the machinery is suddenly started or checked, and the moving power remains the same, an alteration in the velocity of the mill will take place, which alteration the governor serves to limit. See gas-governor.
    • n governor See the adjectives.
    • n governor The regulator used in arc-lamps to control the current. See regulator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jerry Seinfeld's first sitcom wasn't Seinfeld. He played the governor's speechwriter on three episodes of Benson (he was fired from the job).
    • ns Governor a ruler: one invested with supreme authority: a tutor: : :
    • ns Governor (slang) a father or master
    • ns Governor (mach.) a regulator, or contrivance for maintaining uniform velocity with a varying resistance
    • ns Governor (B.) a pilot
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Quotations

  • Barry Gray
    Barry Gray
    “Everybody except us is running for governor.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. governor, governour, OF. governeor, F. gouverneur, fr. L. gubernator, steersman, ruler, governor. See Govern
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. governer—L. gubernāre—Gr. kybernan.

Usage

In literature:

TO THE GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA, December 22, 1785 LETTER CXLIV.
"The Memoirs, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by Thomas Jefferson
Then the Governor wishes you and d'Orvilliers to go over all the information the scouts bring in.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
He succeeded in obtaining the much-coveted appointment of Governor of Darien.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Francis Bernard was the first Massachusetts governor under George III.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
It was a noted tavern, often patronized by the royal governors.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
She was assisted by Mrs. W. Y. Atkinson, wife of the newly-elected Governor of Georgia.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
They came out to Quebec in company, the one as governor-general, the other as chief justice.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
In consequence, Selkirk now invited him to be the first governor of Assiniboia.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor Nathan L. Miller maintained a neutral position.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Not since the time of Governor Nicholson had the Governor himself come out to Virginia.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education
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In poetry:

GOVERNOR. If for gold, a fair pretence,
If for rank, you would not miss,
Wherefore bring me news like this
And not claim your recompense?
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Never did Governor before receive
Such loyal homage as your heart has won,
Nor left so fair a record as you leave,
Or stood so near to us as you have done
"Farewell To Lord And Lady Dufferin" by Nora Pembroke
Then let it be known
That all of us own
Since her dad to Australia brought her.
That there has not been,
Nor will there be seen
Another such Governor's daughter.
"An Enthusiastic Sportsman Enthuses" by Harry Breaker Morant
To all my governors I must submit,
My masters, and my guides of ev'ry kind,
With all my pastors — (as is just and fit)
Who guide my conscience and improve my mind.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
Let Jesus Christ then thy protector be,
Let him be governor supreme o'er thee:
Without him, none (how much soe'er they strive!)
Can e'er pretend to save their souls alive.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Then Pilate, the Roman Governor, took Jesus and scourged Him,
And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and thought it no sin
To put it on His head, while meekly Jesus stands;
They put on Him a purple robe, and smote Him with their hands.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

But the Republican Governors Association is sending him $2 million for his Florida governor's race, perhaps as a peace offering.
Nevada Gov Jim Gibbons filed Friday for a divorce from his wife, Dawn, and asked for a court order to determine whether the governor or first lady will live at the governor's mansion.
Former New Jersey governor Tom Kean , who has known Chris Christie since he was a teenager and remains an informal adviser, tells National Review Online that the governor is "very seriously" considering a presidential bid.
Who’s running for governor and who’s running from the governor.
Governors from across the country are gathering for the National Governors Association annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va.
Last month the Connecticut Governor John Rowland announced the appointment of two co-chairs of the state's Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness .
Governor-elect Mike Pence and Governor Mitch Daniels met with.
O ur governor was out in California recently, wowing the crowd at the Republican Governors Conference.
Governor Christie first made mention of the backlog at the Ocean County Department of Social Services on "Ask the Governor" on September 27th, however the OCDHS acknowledges it has been an issue on their radar for a while now.
Virginia's unemployment rate jumped to 7 percent in February, the highest since 1992, but what's the Republican Governors Association doing as they pump $1.2 million into their man Bob McDonnell's campaign for governor.
Governor Christie first made mention of the backlog at the Ocean County Department of Social Service s on "Ask the Governor" on September 27th, however the OCDHS acknowledges it has been an issue on their radar for a while now.
Winners of November's elections will be sworn in Monday -- with the exception of the governor and lieutenant governor, who have already taken office.
North Carolina voters elected their first Republican governor in two decades Tuesday, fanning the GOP's hope of broadening their party's hold on governor's mansions across the country.
North Carolina voters elected their first Republican governor in two decades Tuesday as the GOP sought to broaden its hold on governor's mansions across the country.
Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Sterling Council today announced the 2012 recipients of the prestigious Governor's Sterling Award and the Sustained Excellence Award.
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In science:

The highlights of Brian’s brief career as an experimentalist include presenting his designs to the engineers of ILX Lightwave, and on a separate occasion presenting his work to the Governor of Montana, Marc Rasicot.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
He has served IEEE in various other capacities and is currently a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors.
Capacity and Random-Coding Exponents for Channel Coding with Side Information
Particular thanks are due Governor Jorge Telerman, Governor of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, for having facilitated the research work concluding that the Viking Labeled Release experiment of 1976 did detect microbial life on Mars and the naming thereof.
Analysis of evidence of Mars life
Here we show the data for the three main parties (PNP, PPD and PIP) in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 elections for governor.
Quick Anomaly Detection by the Newcomb--Benford Law, with Applications to Electoral Processes Data from the USA, Puerto Rico and Venezuela
Other costs: Funding for standard activities is provided. Note that state participation in the Board of Governors and its relevant subcommittees, as described in the management plan, will be funded by management.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
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