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

Examples of repeater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On average, the bursts from repeaters lasted longer than their one-off counterparts and emitted their light in a narrower range of frequencies. Adam Mann, Scientific American, 22 Nov. 2021 Though older iterations of it might exist in other parts of the world, few repeaters of the proverb in century's past likely understood the full extent of just how beneficial to health apples really are. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2024 Along the route, repeaters are installed at intervals to amplify the optical signal and ensure data can travel long distances without degradation. Robin Chataut, The Conversation, 1 Apr. 2024 From bridges to switches Fast Ethernet uses the same CSMA/CD as Ethernet, but the limitations on cable length and numbers of repeaters are much more stringent to allow collisions to be detected in a tenth of the time. Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica, 29 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for repeater 

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of repeater was in 1598

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“Repeater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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