[ ri-pee-ter ]
/ rɪˈpi tər /


Nearby words

  1. repeal,
  2. repeat,
  3. repeat oneself,
  4. repeated,
  5. repeatedly,
  6. repeating decimal,
  7. repeating firearm,
  8. repechage,
  9. repel,
  10. repellant

Origin of repeater

First recorded in 1570–80; repeat + -er1

Related formsnon·re·peat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repeaters

British Dictionary definitions for repeaters


/ (rɪˈpiːtə) /


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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper