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[rou-ter] /ˈraʊ tər/
any of various tools or machines for routing, hollowing out, or furrowing.
Also called router plane. Carpentry. a plane for cutting interior angles, as at the bottom of a groove.
a machine or tool for cutting into or below a main surface, as of a die or engraving plate.
verb (used with object)
to cut with a router.
1840-50; rout2 + -er1


[roo-ter, rou-] /ˈru tər, ˈraʊ-/
a person or thing that routes.
1900-05; route + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for router
  • The router makers seem intent on making the buying process confusing.
  • By doing so, you can reach the printer from anywhere within range of the wireless router.
  • Clunky install wizard makes you disable your existing router.
  • The router is then connected to any available broadband line for home or office use.
  • Using a wireless bridge or router has its pros and cons.
  • For example, suppose you are sitting in your favorite coffee shop and want to open a connection to the shop's wireless router.
  • When a packet comes into a router, its address information is read.
  • These were used in the early days of network design, and this led to lots of slow downs and sometimes router crashes.
  • The router figures out individual optimal paths for each device connecting to the router.
  • The spacewalking astronauts are also scheduled to install a new data router today, to replace the one that failed last fall.
British Dictionary definitions for router


any of various tools or machines for hollowing out, cutting grooves, etc


(computing) a device that allows packets of data to be moved efficiently between two points on a network
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for router

"cutter that removes wood from a groove," 1818, from rout "poke about, rummage" (1540s), originally of swine digging with the snout; a variant of root (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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router in Science
A device in a network that handles message transfers between computers. A router receives information and forwards it based on what the router determines to be the most efficient route at the time of transfer.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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router in Technology

/roo't*/ A device which forwards packets between networks. The forwarding decision is based on network layer information and routing tables, often constructed by routing protocols.
Unix manual page: route(8).
See also bridge, gateway, Exterior Gateway Protocol, Interior Gateway Protocol, flapping router.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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