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  1. a person or thing that repeats.
  2. a repeating firearm.
  3. Horology. a timepiece, especially a watch, that may be made to strike the hour or part of the hour.Compare clock watch.
  4. Education. a pupil who repeats a course or group of courses that he or she has failed.
  5. a person who votes illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.
  6. a person who has been convicted and sentenced for one crime, and later for another; recidivist.
  7. Mathematics. (no longer in technical use) a repeating decimal.
  8. Telecommunications. a device capable of receiving one-way or two-way communications signals and delivering corresponding signals that are either amplified, reshaped, or both.
  9. Navigation. gyro repeater.
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Origin of repeater

First recorded in 1570–80; repeat + -er1
Related formsnon·re·peat·er, noun
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Related Words for repeaters

prisoner, captive, felon, culprit, offender, crook, hooligan, fugitive, gangster, hoodlum, thug, convict, mobster, lawbreaker, dial, clock, watch, chronometer, calendar, chronograph

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Historical Examples of repeaters

  • "Half o' them's repeaters," said the keeper, overhearing the remark.

    Harper's Young People, July 27, 1880


  • There's a limit to the number of repeaters that can be brought into the district.

  • In one place he had "interfered with an election and killed five repeaters."

    The Stolen White Elephant

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • We are putting in a set of repeaters here, so you can reach him this way.

    The Young Railroaders

    Francis Lovell Coombs

  • There were primaries in New York city in 1827, and hundreds of repeaters voted.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for repeaters


  1. a person or thing that repeats
  2. Also called: repeating firearm a firearm capable of discharging several shots without reloading
  3. a timepiece having a mechanism enabling it to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed
  4. electrical engineering a device that amplifies or augments incoming electrical signals and retransmits them, thus compensating for transmission losses
  5. 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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Word Origin and History for repeaters



1570s, agent noun from repeat (v.). As a type of firearm from 1868; as "a frequent offender" from 1884.

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