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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The prosecution noted that Hasan, while on home confinement in a trespassing case in 2011, had cut off his GPS transmitter and absconded, according to court records. Jeff Weiner,, "Driver accused in hit-and-run that killed UCF student London Harrell released from jail," 2 July 2019 Someone entered an open garage in the 200 block of South Kenilworth Avenue and stole a Bluetooth radio transmitter from a car parked inside between 8 p.m. June 28 and 2:58 a.m. June 29. Staff Report,, "Police reports: Car passenger points gun at pedestrian in Oak Park," 6 July 2018 For example, the adversary could simply hide a radio transmitter inside one of the boxes that would broadcast the values of the secret key to an eavesdropper. Quanta Magazine, "The Proof in the Quantum Pudding," 21 Aug. 2013 Smith and Caswell were just about to begin a show at The Mighty 1090 on April 10 when the station was taken off the air by the company that owned the transmitter in Mexico. Jay Posner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Darren Smith, Marty Caswell hired by XTRA 1360 sports radio," 5 Aug. 2019 The transmitters will eliminate the need for that job, but Water Meter Supervisor Jerome McCall said that employee will be assigned to monitor reports from the automated system. Robin Goist,, "Akron to replace water meters, improve billing system," 29 July 2019 The Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will monitor Calibra for consumer protection as well as data privacy and security, and state financial regulators will regulate Calibra as a money transmitter. Washington Post, "Facebook to testify its cryptocurrency will not go ahead without full government approval," 15 July 2019 In Marcus’ vision, states will montior Calibra as a money transmitter, with the Federal Trade Commission overseeing consumer protections. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Facebook tells Congress how it thinks Libra should be regulated," 15 July 2019 The transmitter stopped working in February, and her fate is unclear. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Arctic fox stuns scientists by traveling 2,200 miles in 76 days — from Norway to Canada," 2 July 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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