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beeper

[bee-per] /ˈbi pər/
noun
1.
a device that connects into a telephone circuit and transmits a periodic signal as an indication that the conversation over the circuit is being recorded.
2.
a similar device attached to a free-ranging animal as an aid to learning its habits; biotelemeter.
3.
Also called pager. a pocket-size electronic device whose signal notifies a person of an important message, sometimes displaying the telephone number to be called.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; beep + -er1
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Examples from the web for beeper
  • The researchers conducted the study by giving each volunteer a beeper that went off every two hours or so.
  • Two-way pagers are supposed to bail out the beeper industry.
  • Instead of getting upset, if he wishes to be left undisturbed, he should simply turn off his cell phone or beeper.
  • The typical pump is about the size of a beeper and has a digital display.
  • Our blood would rush and our breath disappear at the sight of one five-digit extension on our beeper's screen.
  • One block has a beeper, one has a clicker dial, one has a mirror and one has rollers.
  • Provider must carry a cell phone or beeper and provide phone or beeper and provide phone consultation if needed.
  • Reverse beeper means a device which automatically sounds an intermittent alarm whenever the vehicle is engaged in reverse.
Word Origin and History for beeper
n.

"device that emits beeps," 1946, agent noun from beep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beeper

beeper

noun
  1. A tiny radio receiver that gives a coded signal to a person being notified of a telephone call, a voice message, or other summons: Beepers proliferate, tolling for many besides the doctor
  2. Any very small electronic device used to control garage doors, car doors, etc: The gate was open, but I could see that one could close and open it with a beeper (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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beeper in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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