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noun (1)

rout·​er ˈrau̇-tər How to pronounce router (audio)
: one that routs: such as
: a routing plane
: a machine with a revolving vertical spindle and cutter for milling out the surface of wood or metal


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noun (2)

rout·​er ˈrü-tər How to pronounce router (audio)
: one that routes
especially : a device that mediates the transmission routes of data packets over an electronic communications network (such as the Internet)


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noun (3)

rout·​er ˈrü-tər How to pronounce router (audio)
: a horse trained for distance races

Examples of router in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
To provide that hands-on learning, equipment is needed, such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control (CNC) routers and plasma cutters. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2024 It’s bought networking switches and routers from eBay to sidestep waits as long as two years for new gear, a former employee says. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 3 May 2024 Of course, that did no good outside the range of our WiFi router. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 1 May 2024 Tap the router icon to view MAC and IP address information and the current firmware version. PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 The plans include an Xfinity modem / router combo, and Comcast says there’s no data cap for either. Wes Davis, The Verge, 17 Apr. 2024 This dual-band router, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, can be used in a mesh configuration, resulting in a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the house. Shubham Yewale, PCMAG, 15 Apr. 2024 With some exceptions, the IP address (a network address) in a data packet is sufficient to ensure that packet can be delivered anywhere on the Internet by a sequence of other routers operated by service providers and carriers. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Apr. 2024 The first event, attended by 300 vendors, was run largely by volunteers, who snaked cable through the room and programmed specialized computers called routers, which were just becoming commercially available, to communicate with one another. Katie Hafner, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

rout entry 4 + -er entry 2

Noun (2)

route entry 2 + -er entry 2

Noun (3)

route entry 1 (in sense "race of a mile or more") + -er entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1818, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1903, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of router was in 1818

Dictionary Entries Near router

Cite this Entry

“Router.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
rout·​er ˈrau̇t-ər How to pronounce router (audio)
: a machine for cutting out the surface of wood or metal


2 of 2 noun
rout·​er ˈrüt-ər How to pronounce router (audio)
: one that routes
especially : a device that sends data from one place to another within a computer network or between computer networks

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