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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.
Origin of router1
First recorded in 1840-50; rout2 + -er1


[roo-ter, rou-] /ˈru tər, ˈraʊ-/
a person or thing that routes.
a piece of hardware or software having a specific IP address and connected to network nodes for the transfer of data between computers.
First recorded in 1900-05; route + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for router
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  • This can be done with socket chisel and mallet, or with a router.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • To a fellow I saw up there—Mr. 'router', I think he said was his name.

    The Burial of the Guns Thomas Nelson Page
  • In addition to the above tools, carvers occasionally use one called a "router."

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • A router, for cleaning out and smoothing the bottoms of grooves and depressions, is very useful at times.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • router and Brown Willy stood like grim sentinels watching over the scene.

    The Day of Judgment

    Joseph Hocking
  • "Announcement of Engagement: router and Dangerlie," was the heading on which his eye rested.

    The Burial of the Guns Thomas Nelson Page
  • We have given above the terms of the Turkish treaty as indicated in router's messages.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
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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