de·cod·er | \-ˈkō-dər \

Definition of decoder 

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

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But Duda's argument that Google's patent just applies ANS to a conventional video decoder seems pretty plausible. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 With a cheap decoder, Saudis (and other Arabs) can watch with only a slight delay. The Economist, "Why Arabs are watching a pirated World Cup feed," 21 June 2018 There's a decoder for Gaudí's famous mosaic structures in Barcelona, a list of the best places to eat in Paris (hint: go to Septime), and a spotlight on Amsterdam's chicest hotels. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: East Coast to Europe from $331 Round-Trip," 31 May 2018 Thankfully, Malik posted a shirtless pic of himself last week, which is a helpful decoder ring in this mystery. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Gigi Hadid Posts Picture Kissing Ex Zayn Malik," 6 June 2018 Every purchase includes the LP and the quad decoder. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Analog Surround-Sound Is Reborn on a New Quadraphonic LP," 31 May 2018 This is where a Trump decoder ring would come in handy. Michael Smolens,, "The political, celebrity and San Diego connections to Trump's pardon fest," 31 May 2018 In his junior year he was drafted into the Army during WWII, working overseas as an intelligence decoder., "Charles D. Davis," 28 Apr. 2018 Many, like the East German gas pump, vandalized bust of Lenin and a Stasi briefcase concealing a decoder, might qualify as dadaist sculptures themselves. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "Surreal Los Angeles: Touring the City’s Strangest Museums," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of decoder

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decoder was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of decoder

: 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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