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

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Minute repeaters often cost six figures due to the complexity of installing the many gears. Popular Mechanics, "The Tiny Machines That Make Watches Beautiful (and Expensive)," 19 Feb. 2015 The repeater seems to be in an environment with strong magnetic fields. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We’ve seen more fast radio bursts, but we still don’t know what they are," 11 Oct. 2018 From Cannon Beach to Falcon Cove, mountainous terrain between radio repeaters and the one radio tower on Tillamook Head interferes with the signals that bounce between Seaside Dispatch and first responders. Brenna Visser, The Seattle Times, "Communication dead spots frustrate Cannon Beach police," 8 Oct. 2018 After having major sites fail, Astoria began submitting grants, securing additional repeater sites and syncing them up to make a more cohesive countywide system. Brenna Visser, The Seattle Times, "Communication dead spots frustrate Cannon Beach police," 8 Oct. 2018 They're wired with repeaters by the satellite companies, which boost the signal in places satellites have a tough time reaching (think urban canyons between skyscrapers). Heather Newman, ELLE Decor, "Radio Revamp," 5 July 2012 Weimer said Phantom has 12-shot, 500-gram repeaters that sustain a multi-color show for 30 to 40 seconds. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Fireworks retailers prepare for July 4: 'Most of the people are looking for loud and colorful'," 29 June 2018 Considering Boston would all but have to be paying the repeater tax that season in this scenario, that would put Boston's payroll at an astronomical $254 million - a number that would only keep going up. Tim Bontemps,, "The case for the Celtics to consider a Kyrie Irving trade this summer," 13 June 2018 But the Cavs had the highest payroll in the league in 2017-18 and owner Dan Gilbert is in repeater tax purgatory for years of exceeding the salary cap. Tribune News Service,, "LeBron James' free agency decision: Family priorities, 'championship mode' could collide," 9 June 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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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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