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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Such transmitters are required in all civil aircraft across the United States to help other pilots and controllers ID them. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A U-2 Spy Plane is Flying Over Northern California Pretending to Be the Starship Enterprise," 30 Jan. 2019 The first is fixing the licensing system for cryptocurrency, which is currently a patchwork of 53 state licenses that a money transmitter has to get. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Meet Crypto's Meme King: 5 Questions for Neeraj Agrawal," 23 May 2018 After capturing a handful of kissing bugs at each residence, the researchers affixed tiny transmitters to the insects’ backs with superglue. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 That transmitter sends video and audio signals to a stylish dual-antenna receiver that velcros easily to the back side of the Vive head strap. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Vive’s wireless adapter gives the best VR experience lots of money can buy," 26 Sep. 2018 With the WiGig adapter in place, Vive Wireless users then have to hook up a large black WiGig transmitter, which clips a bit awkwardly to the top of a monitor like an oversized webcam. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Vive’s wireless adapter gives the best VR experience lots of money can buy," 26 Sep. 2018 But the aircraft's flight is made possible through a main receiver and flight transmitter, hooked up to wires that transfer a signal to each of the nine components. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The 'Flex-Plane' Drone Flaps Its Wings Like a Pterodactyl," 28 Nov. 2018 The antenna picked up signals from the radio transmitters Weeks implanted in muskies and walleyes in the Manitowish Chain of Lakes in Vilas County. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Musky Whisperer spills his secret: Thinking like a scientist," 3 July 2018 Because that range is only line-of-sight — when there’s literally nothing in the way between the transmitter and the receiver. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Qualcomm’s new Wi-Fi chips are meant to rival 5G speeds," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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