# Operand vs. Operator: What's the Difference?

## Operand and Operator Definitions

#### Operand

A quantity on which a mathematical or logical operation is performed.

#### Operator

One who operates a machine or device
The operator of a forklift.

#### Operand

A quantity to which an operator is applied (in $3 - x$, the operands of the subtraction operator are 3 and $x$).

#### Operator

The owner or manager of a business.

#### Operand

The symbol, quantity, or thing upon which a mathematical operation is performed; - called also faciend.

#### Operator

A military person who executes a special operation.

#### Operand

A quantity upon which a mathematical operation is performed

#### Operator

(Informal) A person who is adept at accomplishing goals through shrewd or unscrupulous maneuvers.

#### Operator

(Mathematics) A function, especially one from a set to itself, such as differentiation of a differentiable function or rotation of a vector.

#### Operator

A logical operator.

#### Operator

(Genetics) A chromosomal segment of DNA that regulates the activity of the structural genes of an operon by interacting with a specific repressor.

#### Operator

One who operates.

#### Operator

A telecommunications facilitator whose job is to establish temporary network connections.

#### Operator

(mathematics) A function or other mapping that carries variables defined on a domain into another variable or set of variables in a defined range. Category:en:Functions

#### Operator

(uncountable) The game of Chinese whispers.

#### Operator

(informal) A person who is adept at making deals or getting results, especially one who uses questionable methods.

#### Operator

A member of a military special operations unit.

#### Operator

(computing) The administrator of a channel or network on IRC.

#### Operator

(computing) A symbol that represents a construct in a programming language and differs from a normal function in its syntax.

#### Operator

(linguistics) A kind of expression that enters into an a-bar movement dependency and is said to bind a variable.
In the sentence "What did Bill say he wants to buy?", "what" is an operator, binding a phonetically empty variable.

#### Operator

One who, or that which, operates or produces an effect.

#### Operator

One who performs some act upon the human body by means of the hand, or with instruments.

#### Operator

A dealer in stocks or any commodity for speculative purposes; a speculator.

#### Operator

The symbol that expresses the operation to be performed; - called also facient.

#### Operator

A person who operates a telephone switchboard.

#### Operator

A person who schemes and maneuvers adroitly or deviously to achieve his/her purposes.

#### Operator

(mathematics) a symbol that represents a function from functions to functions;
The integral operator

#### Operator

An agent that operates some apparatus or machine;
The operator of the switchboard

#### Operator

Someone who owns or operates a business;
Who is the operator of this franchise?

#### Operator

A shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties

#### Operator

A speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets