1 [rou-ter]
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. See illus. under plane2.
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 Unabridged


2 [roo-ter, rou-]
a person or thing that routes.

1900–05; route + -er1 Unabridged
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router1 (ˈraʊtə)
any of various tools or machines for hollowing out, cutting grooves, etc

router2 (ˈruːtə)
computing a device that allows packets of data to be moved efficiently between two points on a network

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Word Origin & History

"cutter that removes wood from a groove," 1818, from rout "poke about, rummage" (1547), originally of swine digging with the snout; a variant of root (v.1).
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Science Dictionary
router   (rou'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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Computing Dictionary

router definition

/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.

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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
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