router

noun (1)
rout·​er | \ ˈrau̇-tər How to pronounce router (audio) \

Definition of router

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one that routs: such as
a : a routing plane
b : a machine with a revolving vertical spindle and cutter for milling out the surface of wood or metal

router

noun (2)
rout·​er | \ ˈrü-tər How to pronounce router (audio) , ˈrau̇- \

Definition of router (Entry 2 of 3)

: one that routes especially : a device that mediates the transmission routes of data packets over an electronic communications network (such as the Internet)

router

noun (3)
rout·​er | \ ˈrü-tər How to pronounce router (audio) , ˈrau̇- \

Definition of router (Entry 3 of 3)

: a horse trained for distance races

First Known Use of router

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

History and Etymology for router

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

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best Wi-Fi routers.

Learn More About router

Dictionary Entries Near router

routeman

router

router plane

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for router

Cite this Entry

“Router.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/router. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on router

Nglish: Translation of router for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of router for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about router

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!