Finance. a person who accepts a draft or bill of exchange, especially the drawee who signs the draft or bill, confirming a willingness to pay it when due.
Also called acceptor atom, acceptor impurity. Physics. an atom of impurity in a semiconducting crystal such that the atom can capture an electron, creating a hole in a filled electron shell and thereby changing the electric conductivity of the crystal.
Chemistry. an atom, ion, group of atoms, or compound that combines with, or accepts, another entity, thereby profoundly affecting physical and chemical properties: electron acceptor; water acceptor.
Origin of acceptor
1350–1400; Middle English,
in phrase acceptour of persones; accept
, or (< Anglo-French acceptour
) < Latin acceptor,
equivalent to accep-,
variant stem of accipere
to receive, get (see accept
) + -tor -tor
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Related Words for acceptordevotee
Examples from the Web for acceptor
Historical Examples of acceptor
One can readily see that all the proof would be in the possession of B, the acceptor.
The person to whom a draft is directed is called the drawee or acceptor.
Why is the leading horse in a wagon-team like the acceptor of a bill?
If he assents to the order, he is then called 941 the acceptor.
So long as I'm the holder, not the drawer, nor the acceptor.
British Dictionary definitions for acceptor
commerce the person or organization on which a draft or bill of exchange is drawn after liability has been accepted, usually by signature
Also called: acceptor impurity electronics an impurity, such as gallium, added to a semiconductor material to increase its p-type conductivity by increasing the number of holes in the semiconductorCompare donor (def. 5)
electronics a circuit tuned to accept a particular frequency
chem the atom or group that accepts electrons in a coordinate bond
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The reactant in an induced reaction that has an increased rate of reaction in the presence of the inductor.
The atom that contributes no electrons to a covalent bond.
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The reactant in an induced chemical reaction that has an increased rate of reaction in the presence of the inductor.
An atom or molecule that receives one or more electrons from another atom or molecule, resulting in a chemical bond or flow of electric current. Compare donor. See also electron carrier.
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