ex·tend·er | \ik-ˈsten-dər \

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)

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Some of the best also work as port extenders, and even have USB ports, like this Ventev model. Alan Henry, New York Times, "The Tech You Need to Travel Better," 27 June 2018 Specifically, ten Brink said the rotary could become a range extender for an electric car in 2019, and for now that’s just a rumor. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Why Car Lovers Are So Mad for Mazda’s Rotary Engine Revival," 21 May 2018 Comcast has launched new Xfinity xFi Pods, which are mesh Wi-Fi extenders meant to combat dead zones in homes. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Comcast’s mesh Wi-Fi extender pods are now available," 22 May 2018 The SheWee funnel and extender tube, like the Freshette’s, can be disassembled and stored. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Pee Funnels," 6 June 2018 The main driving force for this vehicle is two electric motors and a 19 kWh battery; the wee engine is just a range extender, generating electricity when the battery is flat. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Students Turn the Chevy Camaro Into a Eco-Happy Future Machine," 24 May 2018 Netgear first introduced the multiunit router called Orbi in 2016 as a combination of a router, range extender, and software that can blanket 4,000 square feet of space with a single Wi-Fi network. Thuy Ong, The Verge, "Netgear’s new mesh Wi-Fi router is a 2-in-1 designed to declutter," 9 May 2018 There are also a few obvious differences in design: Hunter for Target boots, for example, come with calf extenders, and the top of the tall rain boots are cut diagonally instead of straight across. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Upscale, downscale: Target draws customers with collaborations with high-end brands," 16 Apr. 2018 Indeed, some of the individual-side tax extenders considered in this brief, such making the Child Tax Credit permanent … actually reduce labor supply without providing any strong incentive to increase saving for investments. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Penn Wharton budget model: Trump tax cuts hike gov't debt by $5T by 2040," 12 Apr. 2018

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circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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ex·tend·er | \ik-ˈsten-dər \

Medical Definition of extender 

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

2 : expander

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