What does receiver mean?

Definitions for receiver
rɪˈsi vərre·ceiv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. receiver, receiving systemnoun

    set that receives radio or tv signals

  2. liquidator, receivernoun

    (law) a person (usually appointed by a court of law) who liquidates assets or preserves them for the benefit of affected parties

  3. telephone receiver, receivernoun

    earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds

  4. recipient, receivernoun

    a person who receives something

  5. receivernoun

    the tennis player who receives the serve

  6. receiver, pass receiver, pass catchernoun

    a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass


  1. receivernoun

    A person who receives something.

  2. receivernoun

    A person who acts as trustee for a bankrupt.

  3. receivernoun

    A person who accepts stolen goods.

  4. receivernoun

    A telephone handset.

  5. receivernoun

    (football) A person who accepts the ball after it has been passed.

  6. receivernoun

    (tennis) A person who attempts to return the ball after it has been served.

  7. receivernoun

    Any of several electronic devices that receives signals and converts them into sound or vision

  8. receivernoun

    A court administrator

  9. receivernoun

    The part of a firearm containing the action.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Receivernoun

    Etymology: receveur, Fr. from receive.

    All the learnings that his time could make him receiver of, he took as we do air. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    She from whose influence all impression came,
    But by receivers impotencies lame. John Donne.

    There is a receiver, who alone handleth the monies. Francis Bacon.

    In all works of liberality, something more is to be considered, besides the occasion of the givers; and that is the occasion of the receivers. Thomas Sprat.

    Gratitude is a virtue, disposing the mind to an inward sense, and an outward acknowledgement of a benefit received, together with a readiness to return the same, as the occasions of the doer shall require, and the abilities of the receiver extend to. South.

    If one third of the money in trade were locked up, landholders must receive one third less for their goods; a less quantity of money by one third being to be distributed amongst an equal number of receivers. John Locke.

    Wood’s halfpence will be offered for six a penny, and the necessary receivers will be losers of two thirds in their pay. Jonathan Swift.

    The signification and sense of the sacrament dispose the spirit of the receiver to admit the grace of the spirit of God there consigned. Jeremy Taylor, Worthy Communicant.

    This is a great cause of the maintenance of thieves, knowing their receivers always ready; for were there no receivers, there would be no thieves. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    These liquors, which the wide receiver fill,
    Prepar’d with labour, and refin’d with skill,
    Another course to distant parts begin. Richard Blackmore.

    Alkaline spirits run in veins down the sides of the receiver in distillations, which will not take fire. Arbuthnot.

    The air that in exhausted receivers of air pumps is exhaled from minerals, is as true as to elasticity and density or rarefaction, as that we respire in. Richard Bentley.


  1. receiver

    A receiver is a person or entity who accepts or gets something that has been sent or given by another. In technology, it refers to a device that receives signals or transmissions, usually for purposes of communication, radio or television broadcasts. In law, it refers to a person appointed by a court to manage the property or financial affairs of a bankrupt party.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Receivernoun

    one who takes or receives in any manner

  2. Receivernoun

    a person appointed, ordinarily by a court, to receive, and hold in trust, money or other property which is the subject of litigation, pending the suit; a person appointed to take charge of the estate and effects of a corporation, and to do other acts necessary to winding up its affairs, in certain cases

  3. Receivernoun

    one who takes or buys stolen goods from a thief, knowing them to be stolen

  4. Receivernoun

    a vessel connected with an alembic, a retort, or the like, for receiving and condensing the product of distillation

  5. Receivernoun

    a vessel for receiving and containing gases

  6. Receivernoun

    the glass vessel in which the vacuum is produced, and the objects of experiment are put, in experiments with an air pump. Cf. Bell jar, and see Illust. of Air pump

  7. Receivernoun

    a vessel for receiving the exhaust steam from the high-pressure cylinder before it enters the low-pressure cylinder, in a compound engine

  8. Receivernoun

    a capacious vessel for receiving steam from a distant boiler, and supplying it dry to an engine

  9. Receivernoun

    that portion of a telephonic apparatus, or similar system, at which the message is received and made audible; -- opposed to transmitter

  10. Etymology: [Cf. F. receveur.]


  1. Receiver

    In firearms terminology, the receiver is the part of a firearm that houses the operating parts. The receiver usually contains the bolt carrier group, trigger group, and magazine port. In most handguns, the receiver, or frame, holds the magazine well or rotary magazine as well as the trigger mechanism. It is sometimes called the body of the firearm, while in the context of handguns, it is often called the frame. The receiver is often made of forged, machined or stamped steel or aluminium; in addition to these traditional materials, modern science and engineering have introduced polymers and sintered metal powders to receiver construction.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Receiver

    In telephony and telegraphy, an instrument for receiving a message as distinguished from one used for sending or transmitting one. Thus the Bell telephone applied to the ear is a receiver, while the microphone which is spoken into or against is the transmitter.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'receiver' in Nouns Frequency: #1867

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of receiver in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of receiver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of receiver in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Roh:

    AR-15s, as we speak today, do not have a receiver by the definition of the existing law and that's a huge issue, it shows that the laws are obsolete and they're out of sync with the realities of today's firearms market.

  2. Dan Seeger:

    It is an honor to see a photo of my father I’d taken some 60 years ago become this wonderful forever stamp, my dad did most of his correspondence by hand — written letters — and I can imagine him smiling and of course appreciating this great honor because he relied on the U.S. Mail with its simplicity and honesty, knowing that thoughts and ideas can go from the sender over a tremendous expanse to a single receiver and get delivered.

  3. Darrell Bevell:

    Some of the things that the tight end position is asked to do is really not going to show up in a camp like this, it’s a physical position. It’s part offensive line and it’s part wide receiver. So some of the stuff is not going to be able to show up, but it’s a much-improved room from top to bottom.

  4. Bill Belichick:

    It's sweet, this was the pair's ninth Super Bowl appearance together, the most title games for any head coach and starting quarterback duo in NFL history.Edelman named Super Bowl MVPBrady was 21-for-35 passing for 262 yards, and most of those yards went to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is boosting his hall-of-fame resume. Edelman -- who was named Super Bowl MVP -- had 10 catches for 141 yards. In addition to already having the second-most receptions in postseason history, Super Bowl MVP's now second all time in postseason receiving yards. Super Bowl MVP trails just the legendary Jerry Rice in both categories.Edelman, who in his college days was a quarterback at Kent State, was drafted by New England in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft. Super Bowl MVP is the seventh wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP.

  5. Aloo Denish Obiero:

    Kindness, a currency that enriches both the giver and the receiver, never depletes.

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  • přijímač, příjemceCzech
  • Hehler, Empfangsgerät, Hörer, EmpfängerGerman
  • φοροεισπράκτορας, αποδέκτης, δέκτης, παραλήπτης, κλεπταποδόχος, ακουστικόGreek
  • destinatario, receptorSpanish
  • vastaanotin, saaja, vastaanottajaFinnish
  • écouteur, receveur, destinataire, récepteur, receleurFrench
  • מַקְלֵטHebrew
  • रिसीवरHindi
  • cornetta, ricettatoreItalian
  • 受取人, 受話器Japanese
  • 리시버Korean
  • примач, приемник, примателMacedonian
  • penerimaMalay
  • hoornDutch
  • heler, mottakerNorwegian
  • odbiornikPolish
  • receptor, receptador, destinatárioPortuguese
  • трубка, приёмник, получатель, телефонная трубкаRussian
  • lur, mottagare, telefonlur, hälareSwedish
  • riceleuWalloon

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