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 While Apple has updated its proprietary version of the decoder to fix security vulnerabilities over the years, an open-source version used by Qualcomm and MediaTek had not been updated since 2011. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 Hackers could exploit this mistake to force the decoder to execute malicious code that otherwise would be off-limits. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 The decoder boxes were made by Sanyo and marketed by the non-profit National Captioning Institute. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 The decoder was used for decades, until personal computers supplanted mainframes for most tasks. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Non-Nicaraguans, though, might benefit from a decoder. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 Furthermore, whatever the would-be decoder figured out regarding one hieroglyphic text might not be transferrable to another. The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 Movistar Plus clients with a Prime subscription and a UHD decoder will now be able to access Amazon Prime Video via Movistar Plus’ display and search mechanisms. John Hopewell, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 The apprehension that everything is connected is essentially a paranoid insight (and a useful one for the novelist, who can pose as esoteric decoder). James Wood, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of decoder

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Decoder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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