- any of various tools or machines for routing, hollowing out, or furrowing.
- Also called router plane. Carpentry. a plane for cutting interior angles, as at the bottom of a groove.
- a machine or tool for cutting into or below a main surface, as of a die or engraving plate.
- to cut with a router.
Origin of router1
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- any of various tools or machines for hollowing out, cutting grooves, etc
- computing a device that allows packets of data to be moved efficiently between two points on a network
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"cutter that removes wood from a groove," 1818, from rout "poke about, rummage" (1540s), originally of swine digging with the snout; a variant of root (v.1).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A device in a network that handles message transfers between computers. A router receives information and forwards it based on what the router determines to be the most efficient route at the time of transfer.
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