ex·​tend·​er | \ ik-ˈsten-dər How to pronounce extender (audio) \

Definition of extender

: one that extends: such as
a : a substance added to a product especially in the capacity of a diluent, adulterant, or modifier
b : an added ingredient used to increase the bulk of a food (such as soup or meat)

Examples of extender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dealership employee who was obtaining the extenders no longer works for Ford. Washington Post, "Seat belt extenders appeal to parents with kids in booster seats. But a mother’s lawsuit alleges using one left her son with permanent brain injuries," 28 Dec. 2019 For street bicycles, e-assist is a range extender for your legs. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "What's the Point of an Electric Mountain Bike?," 16 Dec. 2018 In theory, Wi-Fi extenders should also bring the same kind of improvements that mesh kits do. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "How Ars tests Wi-Fi gear (and you can, too)," 8 Jan. 2020 Each of the range extenders is designed to plug directly into a wall outlet. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "D-Link to unveil a host of new routers at CES, including four Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems," 3 Jan. 2020 The package of extenders, through a procedural maneuver on the House floor, is expected to be attached to one of the spending packages up for a vote Tuesday. New York Times, "Congressional Negotiators Agree to Extend Some Tax Credits and Add to Debt," 17 Dec. 2019 This legislation also solves other problems of leadership’s, with all the extenders. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Revamped, bipartisan Senate package takes aim at drug prices — and props up other health programs, too," 6 Dec. 2019 The extenders would allow this break to apply to amounts paid up until Dec. 31, 2020. Darla Mercado, USA TODAY, "You might get these 4 tax breaks back if Congress reinstates deductions," 20 June 2019 Nest Wifi Another Nest update to an existing Google product, the new Nest Wifi system is meant to serve as your wifi routers and range extenders. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Google wants to be more sustainable—nevermind all the new products it announced," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of extender

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of extender was circa 1529

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“Extender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extender. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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ex·​tend·​er | \ ik-ˈsten-dər How to pronounce extender (audio) \

Medical Definition of extender

1 : a substance added to a product especially in the capacity of a diluent, adulterant, or modifier

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