de·​cod·​er | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkō-dər How to pronounce decoder (audio) \

Definition of decoder

: one that decodes especially : an electronic device that converts signals from one form to another (as for unscrambling a television transmission)

Examples of decoder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a short calibration period, the output from the decoder can be used to move the cursor, instead of Pager manipulating the joystick. Jack Guy, CNN, 9 Apr. 2021 This article will provide you with a decoder ring that explains VMware's new offerings and sometimes-confusing product portfolio. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 But in Wiener, the Bay Area now has a brilliant decoder. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 25 Dec. 2020 Other hackers offered free decoder keys if a hospital was inadvertently impacted by a ransomware attack. Fortune, 9 Dec. 2020 Up until then, a separate MPEG2 decoder card was required to watch a DVD on your PC. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 10 Aug. 2020 The Red Sox and Yankees snitched on one another in 2017, resulting in fines and the revelation of Apple Watch usage (Red Sox) and an unfounded accusation of a YES network camera that doubled as a sign decoder. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2020 Errors are propagated backwards in this fashion until every parameter of the neural network—in both the encoder and the decoder—has been adjusted. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 16 Dec. 2019 If every photo of Mark Zuckerberg shows him with blue eyes, for example, the Zuck decoder network will learn to automatically render his face with blue eyes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of decoder

1920, in the meaning defined above

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16 Apr 2021

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“Decoder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decoder

technical : an electronic device that changes signals for a radio, television, etc., to a form that can be heard or seen correctly

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