a person or thing that gets.
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.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for getter

Historical Examples of getter

  • All his life he had been a getter of money, or so the world held him.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • Just to make sure of cleaning up the last infinitesimal traces, though, I'm going to flash a getter charge of tantalum in it.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Thus the getter lived without work and taught the loser the uselessness of further exercise.

    Prowling about Panama

    George A. Miller

  • Both the dust itself and its secondary effects are getter closer to us all the time.

    Criminal Negligence

    Jesse Francis McComas

  • If he had come on working as a getter, I should ha' been nowhere; he's a weigher now and makes fat, and his muscles are flabby.

    Facing Death

    G. A. Henty

British Dictionary definitions for getter



a person or thing that gets
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


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