[ ri-pee-ter ]
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  1. a person or thing that repeats.

  1. Horology. a timepiece, especially a watch, that may be made to strike the hour or part of the hour.: Compare clock watch.

  2. Education. a student who repeats a course or group of courses that they have failed.

  3. a person who votes illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.

  4. a person who has been convicted and sentenced for one crime, and later for another; recidivist.

  5. Mathematics. (no longer in technical use) a repeating decimal.

  6. Telecommunications. a device capable of receiving one-way or two-way communications signals and delivering corresponding signals that are either amplified, reshaped, or both.

  7. Navigation. gyro repeater.

Origin of repeater

First recorded in 1570–80; repeat + -er1

Other words from repeater

  • non·re·peat·er, noun

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

How to use repeater in a sentence

  • He quickly invented the automatic repeater to transfer messages from one to another wire.

  • That splendid repeater you used to strike in the library whenever we said it was time for us to go into church.

    Carmen | Prosper Merimee
  • She couldn't 'see' anything for herself, but she got a glimpse of my repeater in the pocket of a red waistcoat.

    The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • I left the repeater under my pillow when I got up in the middle of the night to go on deck, thinking I heard a cry.

    The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • I put in about three shots to your one, owing to my rifle being a repeater, while you must load yours at each shot.

    Cruisings in the Cascades | George O. Shields

British Dictionary definitions for repeater


/ (rɪˈpiːtə) /

  1. a person or thing that repeats

  2. Also called: repeating firearm a firearm capable of discharging several shots without reloading

  1. a timepiece having a mechanism enabling it to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed

  2. electrical engineering a device that amplifies or augments incoming electrical signals and retransmits them, thus compensating for transmission losses

  3. Also called: substitute nautical one of three signal flags hoisted with others to indicate that one of the top three is to be repeated

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