scanner

noun
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

Stirling and other state prison directors use other measures – like perimeter netting, monitoring by drone, and scanners – to detect cellphones but advocate a jamming technology that would shut down all signals as the best possible defense. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Cellphone jamming tested at South Carolina state prison," 12 Apr. 2019 To take advantage of this, the Sims facility has a series of optical scanners. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 The voting site at precinct 03-08 -- Summit Park Elementary School cafeteria in Pikesville -- also had an issue, Brown said: The hand count of ballots was one more than the scanner’s count. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Recount under way in Baltimore County executive primary race," 12 July 2018 Scales are taxed, electronic scanners are taxed, promoters are taxed, dumpsters are taxed, outdoor billboards are taxed, bingo, water meters, tour guides … The zoo is a wondrous place. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Welcome to Taxadelphia, where you pay more than you realize | Stu Bykofsky," 10 July 2018 Facial recognition scanners guard the entrances to housing complexes. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 In captured police scanner communications, a dispatcher can be heard talking to Clinton Officer Christopher Ryan Morton soon after he was fatally wounded. Fox News, "Police sent to wrong address before officer was slain," 8 Mar. 2018 Ballot-marking devices have an electronic touch screen where voters make choices and then print a paper receipt that is read by a scanner. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines," 23 Jan. 2019 The test kits, which Mr. Botham expects to arrive in the U.S. by summer, come with a row of test strips and an app that turns a smartphone camera into a scanner. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Gadgets Get Up Close and Personal at Annual International Tech Fair," 6 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of scanner

1556, in the meaning defined above

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scanner

noun

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

scanner

noun
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

scanner

noun
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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