1. One who edits, especially as an occupation.
2. One who writes editorials.
3. A device for editing film, consisting basically of a splicer and viewer.
4. Computers A program used to edit text or data files.
[Late Latin ēditor, publisher, from Latin ēditus, past participle of ēdere, to publish; see EDIT.]
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