[ get-er ]

  1. a person or thing that gets.

  2. any substance introduced into a partial vacuum, as the interior of a vacuum tube or an incandescent lamp, to combine chemically with the residual gas in order to increase the vacuum.

  1. Chiefly Canadian. poisoned bait used to exterminate wolves, gophers, and other pests from farm areas.

Origin of getter

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at get, -er1

Words Nearby getter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for getter


/ (ˈɡɛtə) /

  1. a person or thing that gets

  2. a substance, usually a metal such as titanium, evaporated onto the walls of a vacuum tube, vessel, etc, to adsorb the residual gas and lower the pressure

  1. (tr) to remove (a gas) by the action of a getter

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