- a person or thing that repeats.
- a repeating firearm.
- Horology. a timepiece, especially a watch, that may be made to strike the hour or part of the hour.Compare clock watch.
- Education. a pupil who repeats a course or group of courses that he or she has failed.
- a person who votes illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.
- a person who has been convicted and sentenced for one crime, and later for another; recidivist.
- Mathematics. (no longer in technical use) a repeating decimal.
- Telecommunications. a device capable of receiving one-way or two-way communications signals and delivering corresponding signals that are either amplified, reshaped, or both.
- Navigation. gyro repeater.
Origin of repeater
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Examples from the Web for repeater
Just as she finished there came to her the crack of Dinsmore's repeater.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
When, then, his repeater had told him the hour, Aaron turned and addressed his brother.Manasseh
He touched the spring of his repeater, to correct this most preposterous clock.A Christmas Carol
I struck my repeater, and this seemed to astound her greatly.Carmen
Then Oliver took out his watch, which was a repeater, and struck it.Queen Sheba's Ring
H. Rider Haggard
- a person or thing that repeats
- Also called: repeating firearm a firearm capable of discharging several shots without reloading
- a timepiece having a mechanism enabling it to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed
- electrical engineering a device that amplifies or augments incoming electrical signals and retransmits them, thus compensating for transmission losses
- Also called: substitute nautical one of three signal flags hoisted with others to indicate that one of the top three is to be repeated
Word Origin and History for repeater
1570s, agent noun from repeat (v.). As a type of firearm from 1868; as "a frequent offender" from 1884.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper