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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for transceiver
Historical Examples
  • Alis Garet, her arms around Don and her head on his shoulder, spoke directly into the transceiver.

  • Scotty took his transceiver from his pocket and examined it with pride.

  • In the privacy of his room, Orne pressed the transceiver stud at his neck, said: "Stet?"

    Operation Haystack Frank Patrick Herbert
  • Do you mean you've been listening in ever since I strapped on the transceiver?

  • I'm going to set up this transceiver to record and transmit on command-response.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • Orne pressed the neck stud on his transceiver, got Stetson, told him what had happened to this point.

    Operation Haystack Frank Patrick Herbert
  • When this trouble started I sent him a transceiver so we could talk directly.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Then he realized that Jen's muffled sobs were going direct to the Pentagon through his transceiver.

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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