re·​peat·​er | \ ri-ˈpē-tər How to pronounce repeater (audio) \

Definition of repeater

: one that repeats: such as
a : one who relates or recites
b : a watch or clock with a striking mechanism that upon pressure of a spring will indicate the time in hours or quarters and sometimes minutes
c : a firearm having a magazine that holds a number of cartridges loaded one at a time into the chamber by the action of the piece
d : a habitual violator of the laws
e : one who votes illegally by casting more than one ballot in an election
f : a student enrolled in a class or course for a second or subsequent time
g : a device for receiving communication signals and delivering corresponding amplified ones

Examples of repeater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, a true clothing repeater is skilled at transforming a previous look into something entirely different. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Dressed Down Rose-Colored Trousers in a Playful Fall Look," 22 Sep. 2020 But then astronomers found a repeater, a source of FRBs capable of erupting again and again, sometimes several times in less than a minute. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Mysterious Rhythm Is Coming From Another Galaxy," 26 June 2020 Top-selling Phantom products include what are called 500 gram repeater fireworks that create a strobe effect. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Fireworks sales exploding far ahead of July 4 holiday," 24 June 2020 Now Rajwade and his collaborators have detected a second possible pattern, this time in the original 2012 repeater. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Astronomers spot repeating radio burst patterns from deep space," 12 June 2020 During those precious hours, the repeater gave off 32 brief bursts, enough for the pattern of behavior to become clear when Rajwade analyzed it last fall. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Astronomers spot repeating radio burst patterns from deep space," 12 June 2020 These spaces, known as the nodes of Ranvier, act like bioelectric repeaters to relay an electrical impulse from node to node down the axon. R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "The Brain Learns in Unexpected Ways," 12 Mar. 2020 In short, the satellite is not an orbiting base-station, but a radio repeater. The Economist, "Call from the heavens A new firm says it can to link satellites to ordinary smartphones," 7 Mar. 2020 To outfit a warehouse like this with signal repeaters or boosters could cost a fortune. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "New Antenna Tech Could Make Your Phone Signal Ridiculously Strong," 6 Feb. 2020

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Repeater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of repeater

: a gun that fires several times without needing to be reloaded

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