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[ri-pee-ter] /rɪˈpi tər/
a person or thing that repeats.
Horology. a timepiece, especially a watch, that may be made to strike the hour or part of the hour.
Compare clock watch.
Education. a pupil who repeats a course or group of courses that he or she has failed.
a person who votes illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.
a person who has been convicted and sentenced for one crime, and later for another; recidivist.
Mathematics. (no longer in technical use) a repeating decimal.
Telecommunications. a device capable of receiving one-way or two-way communications signals and delivering corresponding signals that are either amplified, reshaped, or both.
Navigation. gyro repeater.
Origin of repeater
First recorded in 1570-80; repeat + -er1
Related forms
nonrepeater, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for repeater
Historical Examples
  • Just as she finished there came to her the crack of Dinsmore's repeater.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • When, then, his repeater had told him the hour, Aaron turned and addressed his brother.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • He touched the spring of his repeater, to correct this most preposterous clock.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • I struck my repeater, and this seemed to astound her greatly.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • Then Oliver took out his watch, which was a repeater, and struck it.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • Among them was a repeater, belonging to our young Marylander.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • Odd to see a savage so engaged; above all possessed of a repeater!

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • It would have been as likely to have happened to my repeater, if I had kept it at home.

    Rollo's Museum Jacob Abbott
  • In Fig. 41 we have what remains of a quarter repeater with musical attachment.

  • He took out the repeater that I had seen before and set it striking.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
British Dictionary definitions for repeater


a person or thing that repeats
Also called repeating firearm. a firearm capable of discharging several shots without reloading
a timepiece having a mechanism enabling it to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed
(electrical engineering) a device that amplifies or augments incoming electrical signals and retransmits them, thus compensating for transmission losses
(nautical) Also called substitute. one of three signal flags hoisted with others to indicate that one of the top three is to be repeated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for repeater

1570s, agent noun from repeat (v.). As a type of firearm from 1868; as "a frequent offender" from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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