Origin of receiver

1300–50; 1875–80 for def 2; receive + -er1; replacing Middle English recevour < Anglo-French receivour, recevour (< Old French recevere)
Related formspre·re·ceiv·er, nounun·der·re·ceiv·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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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.

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receiver in Science



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.
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