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[tran-see-ver] /trænˈsi vər/
noun, Radio.
a transmitter and receiver combined in one unit.
Origin of transceiver
1935-40; trans(mitter) + (re)ceiver Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transceiver
  • It had an antenna in the back, with a small radio transceiver box.
  • And she could gab with her other bubble-riding friends using the built-in microphone and radio transceiver.
  • On his lips he wore white sun block, and on his head a fighter pilot's helmet, complete with a transceiver.
  • It has also made an experimental optical transceiver that plugs into a laptop to receive and send light signals.
  • The core system employs a frequency-hopping transceiver to combat interference and fading.
  • The vest transceiver also allows miners to safely work alone because emergency signalling can be used to summon help.
British Dictionary definitions for transceiver


a device which transmits and receives radio or electronic signals
Word Origin
C20: from trans(mitter) + (re)ceiver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transceiver

1934, from a merger of transmitter + receiver.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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transceiver in Technology

Transmitter-receiver, any device that performs both functions.
For example, on an Ethernet network, a transceiver is the hardware that connects a host interface (e.g. an Ethernet controller) to a local area network. Ethernet transceivers contain electronics that apply signals to the cable and sense other host's signals and collisions. See also CSMA/CD.

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