trans·​mit·​ter | \ tran(t)s-ˈmi-tər How to pronounce transmitter (audio) , tranz-; ˈtran(t)s-ˌmi-, ˈtranz- How to pronounce transmitter (audio) \

Definition of transmitter

: one that transmits: such as
a : an apparatus for transmitting radio or television signals

Examples of transmitter in a Sentence

Mosquitoes are the main transmitters of the disease.

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Both the transmitter and the receiver use the HDMI interface, but appear otherwise identical. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "IOGear's wireless HDMI extender embeds 60GHz technology in a USB-C dongle," 5 June 2019 For those paying the retail price, a box of sensors, two transmitters, and the touchscreen receiver will run you over $1,000. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to costly innovations," 5 June 2019 Intuit also holds a license from the agency to be a money transmitter. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "New York Regulator Launches Investigation Into TurboTax Maker Intuit and H&R Block," 10 May 2019 The idea, scientists said, is to equip the machine's already extensive network of transmitters and detectors with fresh equipment, capable of powering particle accelerations at higher speeds, thus spurring further advancement in the field. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Large Hadron Collider Is Going Offline So It Can Become More Powerful," 6 Dec. 2018 This could house a power source, control circuit, and transmitter that relays the soil signal to a connected device via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, or other communications protocol. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alphabet’s Verily has a “smart diaper“ design that distinguishes pee from poo," 17 May 2018 Its included remote now comes with dedicated buttons for power, volume, and mute, as well as an IR transmitter that gives it a modicum of control over various soundbars, cable boxes, and AV equipment. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick brings 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos for $50," 3 Oct. 2018 With Microsoft’s strategy, the signals would be sent over the air from transmitters located up to about nine miles from homes and businesses. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin groups join Microsoft's effort to close the rural broadband gap," 5 Jan. 2018 But one variant, designed by DRS Technologies Canada, is designed to float and broadcast its location with a dual-frequency transmitter. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of transmitter

1727, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of transmitter

: a device that sends out radio or television signals
: a person or thing that causes something to be spread or transmitted to others


trans·​mit·​ter | \ trans-ˈmi-tər How to pronounce transmitter (audio) \

Kids Definition of transmitter

1 : someone or something that transmits something
2 : the part of a telephone that includes the mouthpiece and a device that picks up sound waves and sends them over the wire
3 : a device that sends out radio or television signals


trans·​mit·​ter | \ -ˈmit-ər How to pronounce transmitter (audio) \

Medical Definition of transmitter

: one that transmits specifically : neurotransmitter

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