What is a tabulator?

What is a tabulator? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. A person who counts or tabulates things.
  2. The mechanism on a typewriter that sets the position of columns and borders.
  3. (computing) An early data processing machine that produces printed lists and totals from data on punched cards.
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The county later admitted that their computerized central tabulator had been tampered with, but could not explain how or why.
They use a program which fills the screen of the PC and effectively turns it into the central tabulator system.
The invention of the tabulator has enormously increased the scope of the machine in this direction.
Rapidly he set up the equations, pressed the tabulator lever.
We have, secondly, tabulated the real cause of distress, as gathered by the tabulator from the whole record.
Of course, the central tabulator is the most desirable target.

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