Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856OP'ERATE, verb intransitive [Latin operor; Heb. signifies to be strong, to prevail.]
1. To act; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical. External bodies operate on animals by means of perception. Sound operates upon the auditory nerves through the medium of air. Medicines operate on the body by increasing or diminishing organic action.
2. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence. Motives operate on the mind in determining the judgment. Examples operate in producing imitation.
The virtues of private persons operate but on a few -
A plain convincing reason operates on the mind both of a learned and an ignorant hearer as long as he lives.
3. In surgery, to perform some manual act in a methodical manner upon a human body, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health; as in amputation, lithotomy and the like.
4. To act; to have agency; to produce any effect.
OP'ERATE, verb transitive To effect; to produce by agency.
The same cause would operate a diminution of the value of stock -
[This use is not frequent, and can hardly be said to be well authorized.]
1. He or that which operates; he or that which produces an effect.
2. In surgery, the person who performs some act upon the human body by means of the hand, or with instruments; as a skillful operator
Black’s Law Dictionary, 1st Edition, 1891
The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, 1895
In re Stork (1914), 167 C. 294.
The Motor Vehicle Act (Stats. 1913, p. 639) is not unconstitutional as making an arbitrary and unwarranted classification, in that it requires professional chauffeurs, or drivers of motor vehicles for hire, to pay an annual license tax, but exempts all other operators of such vehicles from such tax and regulation.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 5th Edition, 1979
To perform a function, or operation, or produce an effect.
- Perform – To perform an obligation or contract is to execute, fulfill, or accomplish it according to its terms.
- Function – activity appropriate to any business or profession.
The certificate or license issued by a state which authorizes a person to operate a motor vehicle.
5 CFR 930.102 - Definitions.
46 U.S. Code § 70101 - DefinitionsOperator means an employee who is regularly required to operate Government-owned or -leased motor vehicles and is occupying a position officially classified as motor vehicle operator.
(4) The term “owner or operator” means—
(A) in the case of a vessel, any person owning, operating, or chartering by demise, such vessel;
(B) in the case of a facility, any person owning, leasing, or operating such facility.
33 CFR 173.3 - Definitions.
PACS 75 § 102. Definitions.Operate means use, navigate, or employ.
Operator means the person who is in control or in charge of a vessel while it is in operation.
"Operating privilege." The privilege to apply for and obtain a license to use as well as the privilege to use a vehicle on a highway as authorized in this title, but not a contract, property right or civil right.
1. a person who operates equipment or a machine: "a radio operator"
2. (the operator) a person who works for a telephone company assisting users, or who works at a telephone switchboard.
3. a person or company that engages in or runs a business or enterprise: "a tour operator"