re·​peat·​er ri-ˈpē-tər How to pronounce repeater (audio)
: one that repeats: such as
: one who relates or recites
: 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
: 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
: a habitual violator of the laws
: one who votes illegally by casting more than one ballot in an election
: a student enrolled in a class or course for a second or subsequent time
: a device for receiving communication signals and delivering corresponding amplified ones

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The aim was to place a simple broadband repeater satellite into an approximately stationary orbit above the Atlantic. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Aug. 2015 Housed within this exceptional structure is the caliber PF355, a manually wound minute repeater with cathedral gongs. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2022 There were two Audemars Piguet references in the top ten: a yellow gold Royal Oak perpetual calendar, which sold for $422,276, a world record for the reference; and a white gold minute repeater/perpetual calendar/split-seconds chronograph made in 2008, selling for $389,794. Carol Besler, Forbes, 13 June 2021 The 23 complications include all the big ones: grande sonnerie supersonnerie, petite sonnerie, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split-seconds flyback chronograph, flying tourbillon and moon phase. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2023 In space, there’s no option for a repeater. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 July 2022 What about an over-and-under two-shot repeater? Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 17 Mar. 2021 The repeater takes in weak signals—even one from a clip-on radio putting out just 5 watts—and rebroadcasts those signals on a different frequency and at a higher power. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Jan. 2010 In watchmaking, two of the most difficult and expensive complications to complete are the minute repeater and split-seconds chronograph. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repeater was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Repeater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​peat·​er ri-ˈpēt-ər How to pronounce repeater (audio)
: a firearm that fires several times without reloading
: a person who violates the laws again and again
: a student who is taking a class or course again

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