de·​cod·​er (ˌ)dē-ˈkō-dər How to pronounce decoder (audio)
: 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 The rest of the special gives its young viewers a decoder ring for those messages, and permission to disregard them. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 According to two anonymous sources referenced in the report, Google is expected to upgrade its software AV1 decoder to libdav1d by March 2024 through a Google Play system update. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 During playback, a decoder in your audio system decodes the files, which are then converted back to the multichannel analog sound signals by digital-to-analog converters. Qi “peter” Li, IEEE Spectrum, 10 Sep. 2022 One of Grok’s unique features is a kind of X drama decoder ring. Emilia David, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 Related: In a small new study, scientists working on an AI ‘brain decoder’ inch closer than ever to reading minds In 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device from Neurolutions designed to help stroke patients regain the ability to move their hands, wrists, and arms. Jonathan Wosen, STAT, 2 Nov. 2023 Apple is also, for the first time, shipping an AV1 decoder with its M3 family of chips so owners will benefit from more power-efficient playback of AV1 content. Tom Warren, The Verge, 31 Oct. 2023 The device effectively recorded the electrical activity in the rats’ hippocampus and rapidly translated it on an external device called a decoder. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 2 Nov. 2023 Her marketing promoters offered a handy mail-order decoder badge for fans, essential to unveiling secret messages hidden in her NBC radio program. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decoder was in 1920

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“Decoder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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