- a person who decodes messages or the like.
- a device for decoding cryptograms, codes, or the like, as an electric or electronic apparatus that transforms arbitrary input signals into letters, words, etc.
- Navigation. an electronic circuit designed to respond only to certain signals and to reject others.
- Computers. a circuit designed to produce a single output when actuated by a certain combination of inputs.
- Television. a box attached to a television set containing circuitry to unscramble encoded signals, as cable-television programs or closed captions, so that the signals can be displayed on the screen.
Origin of decoder
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Examples from the Web for decoder
Adam Hanft is a decoder of the consumer culture and our branded planet.The Week in Fact-Checking
November 1, 2008
When the message was typed by the decoder Ihjel hovered over it, reading each word as it appeared on the paper.Planet of the Damned
Tom felt a pang of worry as he dressed the next morning, and then relieved the man on duty at the decoder.
A bell signal from the electronic brain brought them rushing to the decoder.
- An electronic or software device that converts telecommunication signals from their transmitted form into a form interpretable to other devices or to human beings.
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