Definition of receiver in English:

receiver

Syllabification: re·ceiv·er
Pronunciation: /riˈsēvər
 
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noun

  • 1The part of a telephone apparatus contained in the earpiece, in which electrical signals are converted into sounds.
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    • Working independently, Gray and Bell both developed systems based on electromagnetic receivers with steel diaphragms.
    • A speech signal is encoded using code excited linear prediction for use in transmitting the speech signal to a receiver.
    • Generally, it is of no value for the transmitter to outdistance the receiver.
  • 1.1A complete telephone handset: he picked up the receiver
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    • Naturally curious, I picked up the receiver and listened in.
    • She stopped, listened to it ring again, and picked up the receiver.
    • He must have been alone because he picked up the receiver at the first ring.
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  • 1.2A piece of radio or television apparatus that detects broadcast signals and converts them into visible or audible form: a satellite receiver
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    • A handheld receiver detects radio emissions from these satellites.
    • Car dealers also offer satellite radio receivers as a factory-installed option.
    • This would see data being broadcast over the airwaves into radio receivers which, if they've been fitted with special screens, could transmit video images.
  • 2A person who gets or accepts something that has been sent or given to them: the receiver of a gift
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    • Sometimes anonymous cards are sent and the receiver has to guess who the sender might be.
    • Each time a document is sent, the receiver can check with the security firm to verify the sender's identity.
    • But for the receiver to enjoy the gift without feeling guilty they must also give.
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  • 2.1(In tennis and similar games) the player to whom the ball is served to begin play.
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    • An example is a tennis player: When the server starts to serve, the receiver is already in motion.
    • An ace is when the receiver does not get his racket on the serve; if a receiver mis-hits a serve it is called a service winner.
  • 2.2 Football A player who catches a pass or a kick.
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    • He has an outside chance of sticking with the Eagles as a fifth receiver and special-teams player.
    • He struggled in goal-line situations last season and is not a great receiver or pass blocker.
    • While he makes some sensational grabs, he also drops more passes than an elite receiver should.
  • 2.3A person who buys or accepts stolen goods in the knowledge that they have been stolen.
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    • It will target all criminals, from burglars and street robbers to drug dealers, car criminals and receivers of stolen goods.
    • This is an extremely wide provision designed to criminalize those who help a thief or a receiver.
    • While car criminals infuriate Fry he is as angry with receivers of stolen goods.
  • 3A person or company appointed by a court to manage the financial affairs of a business or person that has gone bankrupt: the company is in the hands of the receivers
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    • At the start of this year receivers were appointed to manage the brand in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Stirling.
    • This point is well taken, as the appointment of a receiver does not necessarily mean that the company's business operations are to be suspended.
    • It is likely they would agree that the appointment of a receiver might be the drastic, but necessary, step that is needed.
  • 4 Chemistry A container for collecting the products of distillation, chromatography, or other process.
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    • The condensate trapped in the dry ice-cooled traps was slowly warmed to room temperature to boil off the gaseous materials and then combined with the distillate in the ice-cooled receiver.
    • The distilled vapor is condensed and retained in a receiver immersed in a liquid nitrogen bath.
    • The distillation equipment consists of a boiler, distillation stills, condensers and receivers.
  • 5The part of a firearm that houses the action and to which the barrel and other parts are attached.
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    • Most blue steel firearms receivers are made from 4140 steel alloy.
    • Many light rifles reduce weight by using light, short barrels with standard receivers.
    • Open and unload the action, turn out the takedown screw about a turn and a half, and then slide the barrel from the receiver.

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