[ trans-mit-er, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈmɪt ər, trænz- /


a person or thing that transmits.
Also called transmitting set. Radio. a device for sending electromagnetic waves; the part of a broadcasting apparatus that generates and modulates the radiofrequency current and conveys it to the antenna.
the part of a telephonic or telegraphic apparatus that converts sound waves or mechanical movements into corresponding electric waves or impulses.
Biochemistry. neurotransmitter.

Origin of transmitter

First recorded in 1720–30; transmit + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transmitter

/ (trænzˈmɪtə) /


a person or thing that transmits
the equipment used for generating and amplifying a radio-frequency carrier, modulating the carrier with information, and feeding it to an aerial for transmission
the microphone in a telephone that converts sound waves into audio-frequency electrical signals
a device that converts mechanical movements into coded electrical signals transmitted along a telegraph circuit
physiol short for neurotransmitter
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Science definitions for transmitter

[ trănsmĭt-ər ]

A device that converts sound, light, or electrical signals into radio, microwave, or other electrical signals of sufficient strength for the purpose of telecommunication. Compare receiver.
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