scan·​ner | \ ˈska-nər How to pronounce scanner (audio) \

Definition of scanner

: one that scans: such as
a : a device for sensing recorded data (as in a bar code) a supermarket scanner
b : a radio receiver that sequentially scans a range of frequencies for a signal
c : a device that scans an image (such as a photograph) or document (such as a page of text) especially for use or storage on a computer
d : a medical device for scanning a living body to collect diagnostic information — see ct scanner

Examples of scanner in a Sentence

a price scanner at a supermarket
Recent Examples on the Web In mid-February Samsung shipped its flagship Galaxy smartphone, hosting a large event in San Francisco (complete with fever scanners for the crowd). Lauren Goode, Wired, "New Smartphones Are Coming. Will People Buy Them?," 8 Apr. 2020 But doctors boarded incoming flights with temperature scanners looking for people who were unwell. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Understanding what works: How some countries are beating back the coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 But doctors boarded incoming flights with temperature scanners looking for people who were unwell. Helen Branswell,, "Understanding what works: How some countries are beating back the coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 The contestants all had their temperatures taken with hand scanners before being allowed to go on stage in national costumes, swimsuits and glamorous evening gowns. NBC News, "Transgender beauty queen crowned in Thailand amid coronavirus fears," 9 Mar. 2020 Non-touch temperature screenings are often taken with thermal scanners, non-contact infrared thermometers or tympanic thermometers for minimal contact with the patient, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Cruise industry bolstering coronavirus screening measures as multiple ships are under quarantine," 8 Feb. 2020 To get to the lower cost, Apple is using an iPhone 8 design that debuted in 2017 along with a less advanced camera system, a smaller and older display and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner instead of 3-D facial recognition. Mark Gurman,, "Apple Launches New Cheap iPhone to Boost Sales Ahead of 5G Model," 15 May 2020 To get into the building that houses the Times bureau, reporters and editors had to wear a mask and walk through a thermal scanner that took their temperature. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "Coronavirus, White House Task Force, U.S. Senate: Your Wednesday Briefing," 6 May 2020 There’s a temperature scanner in the lobby, hand sanitizer and masks at reception, and everyone in the office checks their temperature twice daily and records the numbers in case a health inspector swings by. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Inside China’s reopening: A Shanghai consultant eschews a contact-tracing app," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of scanner

1556, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scanner was in 1556

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“Scanner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scanner

: a device that reads or copies information or images into a computer
: a device that is used to see inside something
: a radio receiver that searches for a signal


scan·​ner | \ ˈska-nər How to pronounce scanner (audio) \

Kids Definition of scanner

: a device that converts a printed image (as text or a photograph) into a form a computer can display or alter


scan·​ner | \ ˈskan-ər How to pronounce scanner (audio) \

Medical Definition of scanner

: a device (as a CT scanner) for making scans of a living body

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