- a person who dispatches.
- a person who oversees the departure of trains, airplanes, buses, etc., as for a transportation company or railroad.
- dispatchers, Slang. a fraudulently made pair of dice; loaded dice.
Origin of dispatcher
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Examples from the Web for dispatcher
And then the voice of a dispatcher crackles over the radio with those alarming words.
But Brooklyn was still Brooklyn, and at 1:45 a.m. a dispatcher could be heard saying on the police radio, “Shots fired by an MOS.”
At 12:02 p.m., Wilson called in his location and asked the dispatcher for backup.Why Darren Wilson Will Walk
November 22, 2014
The 911 dispatcher patched in an ambulance dispatcher, saying, “I can hear him hitting her now.”The Ray Rice of Judges May Keep His Job
September 11, 2014
Moments later, the dispatcher said she hears an officer is involved in a shooting, but the information is coming from local media.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: August 17
August 17, 2014
Then the long silence of the little receiver was broken by a call for the dispatcher.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
“To deliver some special freight presumably,” said the dispatcher.Ralph on the Overland Express
The work of the yardmaster is more spectacular than that of the dispatcher.
The dispatcher has to send the operator outside with a clearance.
In some cases a dispatcher will handle not more than 25 miles of line.Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2
Word Origin and History for dispatcher
mid-16c., agent noun from dispatch (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper