[ rou-ter ]
/ ˈraʊ tər /


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.

verb (used with object)

to cut with a router.

Nearby words

  1. route march,
  2. route one,
  3. route survey,
  4. routeman,
  5. routemarch,
  6. router patch,
  7. routh,
  8. routine,
  9. routineer,
  10. routinely

Origin of router

First recorded in 1840–50; rout2 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for routered


/ (ˈraʊtə) /


any of various tools or machines for hollowing out, cutting grooves, etc


/ (ˈruːtə) /


computing a device that allows packets of data to be moved efficiently between two points on a network
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Word Origin and History for routered



"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

Science definitions for routered


[ routər ]

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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