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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Of the roughly 75 FRBs seen before this month’s discoveries, just 2 bursts were known to be repeaters. Elizabeth Gibney, Scientific American, "Astronomers Are Closer to Cracking the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts," 15 Aug. 2019 Among the few dozen previously known FRBs, only two were repeaters—but these are key to figuring out their origin because astronomers can go back with more sensitive telescopes and observe them again. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Observatory detects numerous mysterious radio bursts from deep space," 13 Aug. 2019 The repeater would go on to make eight reappearances. Quanta Magazine, "A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery," 18 Apr. 2017 The repeater lives in a small galaxy with a lot of star formation—the kind of environment where a neutron star could be born, hence the magnetar model. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "An Alien-Hunting Tech Mogul May Help Solve a Space Mystery," 21 July 2019 The repeater burst comes as part of a series of 13 new fast radio bursts (FRB) found by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) collaborators. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Repeating Radio Signals Are a Deep Space Mystery and Astronomers Just Found a Second One," 9 Jan. 2019 The trucks act like signal repeaters, the first sending video to a satellite that sends it back to the second truck further along the course, which finally forwards the signal to the town where the finish line is located. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "The helicopter team that films the Tour de France is one of a kind," 11 July 2019 If the new find comes from a very different galaxy, does that suggest repeaters and one-offs have different causes? Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Baffling radio burst traced to a galaxy 3.6 billion light-years away," 27 June 2019 These observations have revealed the repeater’s home to be a nondescript dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away. Yvette Cendes, Discover Magazine, "What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos," 7 Feb. 2019

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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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