- a person or thing that receives.
- a device or apparatus that receives electrical signals, waves, or the like, and renders them perceptible to the senses, as the part of a telephone held to the ear, a radio receiving set, or a television receiving set.
- Law. a person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a bankrupt business or person or to care for property in litigation.
- Commerce. a person appointed to receive money due.
- a person who knowingly receives stolen goods for an illegal purpose; a dealer in stolen merchandise.
- a device or apparatus for receiving or holding something; receptacle; container.
- (in a firearm) the basic metal unit housing the action and to which the barrel and other components are attached.
- Chemistry. a vessel for collecting and containing a distillate.
- Football. a player on the offensive team who catches, is eligible to catch, or is noted for the ability to catch a forward pass: Jones was the receiver of the first pass thrown. He sent all his receivers downfield.
- Baseball. the catcher.
Origin of receiver
Related Words for receivercustomer, target, collector, heir, beneficiary, cashier, subject, recipient, trustee, creditor, consignee, grantee, acceptor, assignee, teller, television, telephone, radio, bug, handset
Examples from the Web for receiver
Contemporary Examples of receiver
After everything is in order and the call has been placed, Hitch picks up the receiver and says “How do you do?”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The receiver is the only part of the gun that can be legally controlled and must be serialized if 100 percent complete.What Are We Protecting with Gun Laws?
November 13, 2014
The sender and receiver pay the driver a few hryvnia—the Ukrainian currency—on either end.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines
September 8, 2014
“You are destroying the university,” he shouted into the receiver.Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning
July 28, 2014
Brooks: [Snatching up the receiver as the phone rings] This is Mel Brooks.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
Historical Examples of receiver
He went to the desk where the telephone was, and took up the receiver.
The impact of sounds on his ear from the receiver set him to attention.
What would I not have given to have been the receiver of such a letter?
She stood there looking at the receiver as her hands came together.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
The clumsy framework of the receiver was reduced to a neat and portable size.Heroes of the Telegraph
- a person who receives something; recipient
- a person appointed by a court to manage property pending the outcome of litigation, during the infancy of the owner, or after the owner(s) has been declared bankrupt or of unsound mind
- mainly British a person who receives stolen goods knowing that they have been stolen
- the equipment in a telephone, radio, or television that receives incoming electrical signals or modulated radio waves and converts them into the original audio or video signals
- the part of a telephone containing the earpiece and mouthpiece that is held by the telephone user
- the equipment in a radar system, radio telescope, etc, that converts incoming radio signals into a useful form, usually displayed on the screen of a cathode-ray oscilloscope
- an obsolete word for receptacle
- chem a vessel in which the distillate is collected during distillation
- US sport a player whose function is to receive the ball, esp a footballer who catches long passes
- the metallic frame situated behind the breech of a gun to guide the round into the chamber
Word Origin and History for receiver
mid-14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from receive, or from Old French recevere (Modern French receveur), agent noun from recievere. As a telephone apparatus, from 1877; in reference to a radio unit, from 1891; in U.S. football sense, from 1897.
- A device, as in a radio or telephone, that converts incoming radio, microwave, or electrical signals to a form, such as sound or light, that can be perceived by humans. Compare transmitter.