Definition of receiver in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈsiːvə/


1The part of a telephone apparatus contained in the earpiece, in which electrical signals are converted into sounds.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2A piece of radio or television apparatus that detects broadcast signals and converts them into visible or audible form: a satellite receiver
More example sentences
  • 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.
2.1A person who buys or accepts goods known to be stolen: he’s the biggest receiver of stolen jewels in London
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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.
2.2(In tennis and similar games) the player to whom the ball is served to begin play.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2.3 American Football A player who specializes in catching passes.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3 (British also official receiver) A 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 which houses the action and to which the barrel and other parts are attached.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with receiver

achiever, believer, cleaver, deceiver, diva, Eva, fever, Geneva, griever, heaver, leaver, lever, Neva, perceiver, reiver, reliever, retriever, Shiva, underachiever, viva, weaver, weever

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