AskDefine | Define reformer

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1 a disputant who advocates reform [syn: reformist, crusader, meliorist]
2 an apparatus that reforms the molecular structure of hydrocarbons to produce richer fuel; "a catalytic reformer"

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see Reformer




  1. one who reforms, or who works for reform
  2. one who was involved in the Reformation
  3. chemical engineering fuel cells A device which converts hydrocarbons into a hydrogen-rich mixture of gases.
  4. chemical engineering petrochemistry A device used to convert petroleum refinery naphthas, typically having low octane ratings, into high-octane liquid products called reformates.


one who reforms, or who works for reform
one who was involved in the Reformation

Extensive Definition

Reformer could refer to the following:
  • A reformer is a person who wishes to change a system to improve it (see Reform movement)
  • Protestant Reformers, influential people in the Protestant Reformation
  • Reformer (Enneagram), is a personality type in Enneagram spiritual psychology
  • Catalytic reformer, a unit in an oil refinery that reforms lighter hydrocarbons into higher octane molecules and hydrogen
  • Hydrogen reformer, a device that extracts hydrogen from other fuels, typically methanol or gasoline
  • Pilates reformer, an exercise machine used in the fitness discipline Pilates
  • The Reformers (film), a 1916 film starring Oliver Hardy

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Fabian, Tammany man, extremist, machine politician, meliorist, old campaigner, party boss, party chieftain, party leader, pol, political hack, political leader, politician, professional politician, progressionist, progressist, progressive, progressivist, radical, reform politician, reformist, revisionist, revolutionary, utopian, utopist, war-horse, wheelhorse
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