Find the word definition

Crossword clues for governor

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a board of governors (=in a school)
▪ She sits on the board of governors.
a school governorBritish English (= an elected person who works with teachers to make decisions about how a school is organized)
▪ The school governors have appointed a new head teacher.
deputy director/chairman/governor etc
▪ the Deputy Secretary of State
school governor
▪ Khelil was replaced as Central Bank governor by his deputy, Mohamed el-Beji Hamda.
▪ His present term as central bank governor expired on July 24, 1992.
▪ Gray Davis, the only other announced Democratic candidate for governor.
▪ Gray Davis, chairman of the Democratic governors.
▪ The Democratic candidate for governor apparently objects to unpaid leave in all cases.
▪ Charles Robb, the former Democratic governor of Virginia.
▪ Central bank deputy governor Paul Chiu said the bank plans to exclude foreign individuals from the current 15 percent limit.
▪ To inspire loyalty, the relenting deputy governor parceled out land to planters.
▪ The troubles of the new governor are being described.
▪ They proposed a bottoms-up, team-oriented approach-with a new name-and the governor agreed.
▪ Surendra Nath was sworn in as the new governor on Aug. 7.
▪ Moreover, simply by being there the new governor will add a little stability to Arizona's politics.
▪ Elections for new state governors and legislatures were scheduled for Dec. 14.
▪ All this reinforced Attlee's determination to get a new governor installed as soon as possible.
▪ The prison service said in response that the new governor needed more time to turn the prison round.
▪ The reforms were supported by President Carlos Saúl Menem, the other provincial governors and congressional deputies and senators.
▪ New commissars replaced the provincial governors.
▪ He was a Persian provincial governor, whose powers had few limits provided he stayed loyal.
▪ In a decree of October 1856 he strengthened the hand of provincial governors.
▪ Last week one provincial governor was blocked in his attempt to build a new road through the park.
▪ On the provincial commissions the provincial governor or his deputy would take the place of the Interior Ministry official.
▪ Other appointments A number of provincial governors were moved in August 1990.
▪ The state had not elected a Republican governor since the Reconstruction period which had followed the Civil War.
▪ A group of Republican governors, including California Gov.
▪ The gathering in Washington this week of Republican governors, who run 31 of the 50 states, underlined the point.
▪ But while the Republican governors identify with small government, almost all take pains to avoid being seen as anti-government.
▪ After 14 years in office the state's Republican governor, Mr Jim Thompson, is standing down.
▪ But the Republican governors recoiled from the prospect of reopening the welfare bill for anything.
▪ The Republican governor, Arne Carlson, has promised to veto the bill.
▪ George Pataki and some of his fellow Republican governors held a news conference calling for changes to ease those reductions.
▪ Central bank governors have blown fortunes trying to fight against momentum in the international currency market.
▪ Khelil was replaced as Central Bank governor by his deputy, Mohamed el-Beji Hamda.
▪ His present term as central bank governor expired on July 24, 1992.
▪ Three years as a legislative liaison, six years in the state senate, four tedious years as lieutenant governor.
▪ In 1982, at the age of thirty-seven, John Wade was elected lieutenant governor.
▪ Catering responsibilities for the prison lie with Mike Lamb, a prison governor whose title is G5 Caterer.
▪ Some bureaux have been invited in by the probation or education departments or by the prison governor.
▪ The names of certain prison governors whose personal positive qualities permeated every aspect of their prisons tend to be long remembered.
▪ The Home Secretary said that he had found prison governors who were in favour of the Bill.
▪ The jail trip prize has been offered by prison governor Robin Halward.
▪ But the prison governor insists the correct procedures were followed.
▪ The situation has prompted the prison governor to take the unusual step of refusing to accept any more remand prisoners.
▪ The prison governor is on leave; the deputy governor refused to comment.
▪ The school governors refused both applications.
▪ These schemes may be set up in liaison with local education authorities and school governors.
▪ It is important to bear this in mind in any study of the role of school governors in meeting special educational needs.
▪ He is a parish councillor, school governor and a member of Yorkshire Water Consultative Committee.
▪ This is where reports of local horticultural societies, women's institutes, school governors, and local elections are news.
▪ The Education Acts of the 1980s greatly increased the responsibilities and powers of school governors, including parent governors.
▪ And school governor is fined for importing pornographic material.
▪ Now his family is hoping an appeal to the local state governor will get him out.
▪ Other likely critics include state governors worried about the prospect of a decreasing contribution from the federal government to the costly program.
▪ Elections for new state governors and legislatures were scheduled for Dec. 14.
▪ Minor repercussions of the Paredes and Marquez revolts were successfully met by the loyal state governors and military leaders in various localities.
▪ Several state governors were tucked away safely in his pocket.
▪ The leaders who remain are the struggling corporate chieftains, the university presidents, the city managers, the State governors.
▪ Reshuffle of state governors - Resignation of government in Pondicherry A major reshuffle of state governors was announced on Dec. 14.
▪ Thereafter, local militias organized by claimants to office would fight at the bidding of the state governor.
▪ A commission appointed by the governor concluded that even a regiment could not have controlled the mob.
▪ In June 1646 Parliament appointed Mackworth governor of Shrewsbury, an office he held until his death.
▪ Shaikh Abdullah bin Said bin Abdul-Aziz al-Thani became deputy governor at under-secretary level.
▪ Wilson has been pushing for a comprehensive school test since he became governor in 1991.
▪ He persuaded the bishop of London to be a governor and Newton to become a deputy governor.
▪ Malcolm Forbes spent a couple of decades in the thickets of New Jersey politics and nearly became governor in the 1950s.
▪ On 22 December 1631 he became non-resident governor of Jersey, and through the 1630s sat on several administrative commissions.
▪ He could throw his lot in with the Lord General, and perhaps become a governor of one of the colony worlds.
▪ Brigham Young became governor of the territory with his two counselors serving as secretary and chief justice.
▪ The state had not elected a Republican governor since the Reconstruction period which had followed the Civil War.
▪ In 1990, peddling himself to the voters as a successful businessman, he was elected governor.
▪ In 1982, at the age of thirty-seven, John Wade was elected lieutenant governor.
▪ In the end, virtually nobody in Californian politics believes the Speaker will dare run for governor.
▪ Now, contrast this with the attorney general, who is running for governor.
▪ The guy probably had two cars and a son running for governor.
▪ Feinstein and Roberts were running for governor of California and Oregon.
▪ Now Mr Brown, who is 59, is talking about running for governor.
▪ He lied when he ran for governor on the platform of being a successful businessman and political outsider.
▪ The office is being vacated by Republican Dan Lungren, who is running for governor.
▪ In one permutation, Panetta would not challenge Feinstein if she ran for governor.
▪ If they are not, they should question their suitability to serve as governors of that school.
▪ Afterward, he was elected Arkansas attorney general and served as governor for 10 years before becoming president.
▪ Alexander served as governor of Tennessee for two terms, from 1979 to 1987.
▪ She had served as Fed governor since 1994.
lame duck president/governor/legislature etc
lieutenant colonel/general/Governor etc
▪ He found the lieutenant colonel, although only touching fifty, almost impossibly grand.
▪ He had been a lieutenant colonel in public relations in Baltimore.
▪ He landed at night, and was met at base ops by a lieutenant colonel.
▪ He retired, still a lieutenant general, in 1972.
▪ One 12-year-old boy arrived, claiming to be a lieutenant colonel.
▪ She is a nice enough lady whose husband is a lieutenant colonel, U. S. Army, retired.
▪ Short was a three-star lieutenant general commanding the Army in Hawaii.
▪ Three years as a legislative liaison, six years in the state senate, four tedious years as lieutenant governor.
president-elect/governor-elect/prime minister-elect etc
Governor Brown refused to answer the question.
▪ the governor of South Dakota
▪ the former governor of Hong Kong
▪ Another was a governor who frequently came into Russells Hall.
▪ His most consistent phrase was that he wants to accomplish in Washington what the governors have done in their states.
▪ In 1990, peddling himself to the voters as a successful businessman, he was elected governor.
▪ No Texas governor has won re-election since Dolph Briscoe in 1974.
▪ The board of governors consists of the finance minister from each member state.
▪ The troubles of the new governor are being described.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Governor \Gov"ern*or\, n. [OE. governor, governour, OF. governeor, F. gouverneur, fr. L. gubernator steersman, ruler, governor. See Govern.]

  1. 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.''

  2. One who has the care or guardianship of a young man; a tutor; a guardian.

  3. (Naut.) A pilot; a steersman. [R.]

  4. (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. Note: The illustration shows a form of governor commonly used for steam engines, in wich a heavy sleeve

    1. sliding on a rapidly revolving spindle

    2. , driven by the engine, is raised or lowered, when the speed varies, by the changing centrifugal force of two balls (c c) to which it is connected by links (d d), the balls being attached to arms (e e) which are jointed to the top of the spindle. The sleeve is connected with the throttle valve or cut-off through a lever (f), and its motion produces a greater supply of steam when the engine runs too slowly and a less supply when too fast.

      Governor cut-off (Steam Engine), a variable cut-off gear in which the governor acts in such a way as to cause the steam to be cut off from entering the cylinder at points of the stroke dependent upon the engine's speed.

      Hydraulic governor (Mach.), a governor which is operated by the action of a liquid in flowing; a cataract.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, gouernour, "personal keeper, protector, guide," from Old French governeor (11c., Modern French gouverneur) and directly from Latin gubernatorem (nominative gubernator) "director, ruler, governor," originally "steersman, pilot" (see govern). Meaning "subordinate ruler; head of a province, etc." is from late 14c. The adjective gubernatorial remembers the Latin form.


n. 1 (context politics English) The leader of a region or state that is a member of a federation or an empire. In Roman Empire, they were endorsed by the emperor and appointed by the Senate. In the modern United States, they are elected by the people of that state. 2 A device which regulates or controls some action of a machine through automatic feedback. 3 A member of a decision-making for an organization or entity (including some public agencies) similar to or equivalent to a board of directors (used especially for banks); a member of the board of governors. 4 (context informal English) father. 5 (context informal English) boss, employer. 6 (context grammar English) A constituent of a phrase that governs another. 7 (context dated English) One who has the care or guardianship of a young man; a tutor; a guardian. 8 (context nautical English) A pilot; a steersman.

  1. n. the head of a state government

  2. a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel) [syn: regulator]


A governor is, in most cases, a public official with the power to govern the executive branch of a non-sovereign or sub-national level of government, ranking under the head of state. In federations, governor may be the title of the politician who governs a constituent state and may be either appointed or elected. The power of the individual governor can vary dramatically between political systems, with some governors having only nominal, largely ceremonial power, while others have complete power over the entire government.

Historically, the title can also apply to executive officials acting as representatives of a chartered company which has been granted exercise of sovereignty in a colonial area, such as the British East India Company or the Dutch East India Company. These companies operate as a major state within a state with its own armed forces.

There can also be non-political governors: high-ranking officials in private or similar governance such as commercial and non-profit management, styled governor(s), who simply govern an institution, such as a corporation or a bank. For example, in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries there are prison governors ("wardens" in the United States), school governors and bank governors.

The adjective pertaining to a governor is gubernatorial, from the Latin root gubernare. The historical female form is governess, though female officials are referred to by the gender-neutral form governor (without the gender specific suffix) of the noun to avoid confusion with other meanings of the term.

Governor (device)

A governor, or speed limiter, is a device used to measure and regulate the speed of a machine, such as an engine. A classic example is the centrifugal governor, also known as the Watt or fly-ball governor, which uses weights mounted on spring-loaded arms to determine how fast a shaft is spinning, and then uses proportional control to regulate the shaft speed.

Governor (disambiguation)

A governor is an official, usually acting as the executive of a non-sovereign level of government. Governor or The Governor may also refer to:

Governor (Japan)

In Japan, the is the highest ranking executive of a prefecture.

The governor is directly elected for a four-year term. Governors are subject to recall referenda. In each prefecture, between one and four vice governors are appointed by the governor with the approval of the prefectural assembly. In the case of death, disability, or resignation of the governor, one of the vice governors becomes either governor or acting governor.

Governor (People's Republic of China)

In China, the Governor ( is the head of government of a province. There are currently 23 provincial governors in China.

The governor is the second highest ranking executive in the province and is subordinated to the secretary of the provincial communist party.

Governor (United States)

In the United States, a governor serves as the chief executive officer in each of the fifty states and in the five permanently inhabited territories, functioning as both head of state and head of government therein. As such, governors are responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing the operation of the state executive branch. As state leaders, governors advance and pursue new and revised policies and programs using a variety of tools, among them executive orders, executive budgets, and legislative proposals and vetoes. Governors carry out their management and leadership responsibilities and objectives with the support and assistance of department and agency heads, many of whom they are empowered to appoint. A majority of governors have the authority to appoint state court judges as well, in most cases from a list of names submitted by a nominations committee.

The constitutions of all but five states also provide for a lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the gubernatorial office, if vacated by the removal from office, death, or resignation of the previous governor. Lieutenant governors also serve as unofficial acting state governors in case the incumbent governors are unable to fulfill their duties, and they often serve as presiding officers of the upper houses of state legislatures. But in such cases, they cannot participate in political debates, and they have no vote whenever these houses are not equally divided. (See "Relationship with lieutenant governor," below.)

Governor (Turkey)

In Turkey, a Governor ( Turkish: Vali) is an official responsible for the implementation of legislation, constitutional and government decisions in individual provinces. There are 81 Governors in Turkey, one for each province, appointed ceremonially by the President on the recommendation of the Interior Ministry. Governors are legally required to be politically neutral and have power over public offices within their Province, including the provincial police force. They also have a certain role in local government, though mayors and councillors are elected to these roles in local elections. The Provincial head of security (the police force) also concurrently serves as Deputy Governor.

The Kaymakam, (roughly translated as 'Sub-Governor') has similar functions and roles as the Governor but operates on a district level.

Governor (Russia)

In Russia, the title governor refers to the chief executive of each the federal subjects of Russia, not directly subordinate to the federal authorities, but the political and ceremonial head of the federal subject. A governor in Russia is said to serve a gubernatorial administration.

Usage examples of "governor".

Whitman was asked whether Bush should have an abortion litmus test for the Supreme Court, she boasted that as governor of New Jersey she had abjured litmus tests for her judicial nominees.

Logos was particularly considered under the more accessible character of the Son of an Eternal Father, and the Creator and Governor of the world.

Don Francisco de Montejo, Adelantado, the governor, when they were posted at Chichen Ytza.

The title Adelantado was given in Spain to the military and political governors of border provinces.

Have patience, for adventures will present themselves in which you can become not only a governor, but perhaps even more.

Barbaro told me the chief incidents in a life that had been adventurous enough, and informed me that he was now in the service of the Duke of Modena, the Governor of Milan.

Count Darbois, the governor of Agen, with a body of troopers, rode up.

Nabby, appraising the politicians she encountered in New York, including Governor George Clinton, surmised there were few for whom personal aggrandizement was not the guiding motivation.

San Francisco Mayor Conrad Aiken has called for a dusk-to-dawn curfew and has asked the governor to declare a state of emergency for the city and county.

This transaction was succeeded by another injurious affront offered by the governor or alcayde of Tetuan to Mr.

Diego Hernandez, a Portuguese, to the post of Alguacil Mayor of the Inquisition, and given him the right to wear a sword in virtue of his office, the Governor, meeting the man in the street wearing a sword against his regulations, made him a prisoner.

Court declined to intervene in case coming up from Georgia in which appellant, claiming that he had become insane following conviction and sentence of death, sought a postponement of execution from the governor of the State.

Therefore the royal Audiencia, in order to proceed with more certainty, called a council of the bishop who was governor of that archbishopric, the archbishop, and the superiors of the orders.

I have been told, most of them delivered as their opinion that the archbishop, although exiled, could still remain governor of the archbishopric, but no mendicant religious could act thus, as they were prohibited by law.

By it I request my very reverend archbishop in Christ, the father of the metropolitan church of the city of Manila, and charge the venerable and devout fathers-provincial and other superiors of all the orders in the territory of his archbishopric, to note that they are to inform my governor of the said islands whenever such cases shall occur to the prejudice of my treasury, and that the culprits be punished as is fitting.