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receiver

[ri-see-ver] /rɪˈsi vər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that receives.
2.
a device or apparatus that receives electrical signals, waves, or the like, and renders them perceptible to the senses, as the part of a telephone held to the ear, a radio receiving set, or a television receiving set.
3.
Law. a person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a bankrupt business or person or to care for property in litigation.
4.
Commerce. a person appointed to receive money due.
5.
a person who knowingly receives stolen goods for an illegal purpose; a dealer in stolen merchandise.
6.
a device or apparatus for receiving or holding something; receptacle; container.
7.
(in a firearm) the basic metal unit housing the action and to which the barrel and other components are attached.
8.
Chemistry. a vessel for collecting and containing a distillate.
9.
Football. a player on the offensive team who catches, is eligible to catch, or is noted for the ability to catch a forward pass:
Jones was the receiver of the first pass thrown. He sent all his receivers downfield.
10.
Baseball. the catcher.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; 1875-80 for def 2; receive + -er1; replacing Middle English recevour < Anglo-French receivour, recevour (< Old French recevere)
Related forms
prereceiver, noun
underreceiver, noun
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  • It was a receiver who first spiked a football and a receiver who first thought to dance in the end zone.
  • The idea of encryption is to make a message unreadable, except to the receiver.
British Dictionary definitions for receiver

receiver

/rɪˈsiːvə/
noun
1.
a person who receives something; recipient
2.
a person appointed by a court to manage property pending the outcome of litigation, during the infancy of the owner, or after the owner(s) has been declared bankrupt or of unsound mind
3.
(mainly Brit) a person who receives stolen goods knowing that they have been stolen
4.
the equipment in a telephone, radio, or television that receives incoming electrical signals or modulated radio waves and converts them into the original audio or video signals
5.
the part of a telephone containing the earpiece and mouthpiece that is held by the telephone user
6.
the equipment in a radar system, radio telescope, etc, that converts incoming radio signals into a useful form, usually displayed on the screen of a cathode-ray oscilloscope
7.
an obsolete word for receptacle
8.
(chem) a vessel in which the distillate is collected during distillation
9.
(US, sport) a player whose function is to receive the ball, esp a footballer who catches long passes
10.
the metallic frame situated behind the breech of a gun to guide the round into the chamber
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Word Origin and History for receiver
n.

mid-14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from receive, or from Old French recevere (Modern French receveur), agent noun from recievere. As a telephone apparatus, from 1877; in reference to a radio unit, from 1891; in U.S. football sense, from 1897.

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receiver in Science
receiver
  (rĭ-sē'vər)   
A device, as in a radio or telephone, that converts incoming radio, microwave, or electrical signals to a form, such as sound or light, that can be perceived by humans. Compare transmitter.
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