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noun (1)

rout·​er ˈrau̇-tər How to pronounce router (audio)
: one that routs: such as
: a routing plane
: a machine with a revolving vertical spindle and cutter for milling out the surface of wood or metal


2 of 3

noun (2)

rout·​er ˈrü-tər How to pronounce router (audio)
: one that routes
especially : a device that mediates the transmission routes of data packets over an electronic communications network (such as the Internet)


3 of 3

noun (3)

rout·​er ˈrü-tər How to pronounce router (audio)
: a horse trained for distance races

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Hex by Origin Wireless is a smart security system that uses the tech and Linksys Wi-Fi routers can detect motion in your home. Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, The Verge, 12 May 2023 There are routers and cutters and lasers that make our work more efficient and accurate. Dale Buss, Forbes, 31 Mar. 2023 So Eyal bought a cheap gizmo that plugged into an electrical outlet and automatically shut off his home internet router at 10 o’clock each night. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022 The clever thing about MRKL is a module called a router that takes a question from a user and figures out what kind of information the user is seeking. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 The router report comes six months after the Senate's contractor for a review of 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots found no fraud in the November 2020 election. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2022 One solution that is already in the works leverages the wireless signals emanating from Wi-Fi routers and access points. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2021 Upgrading your router is one of the best ways to upgrade your home internet experience. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, 28 Nov. 2021 On July 26, Senate Republicans filed a new subpoena for the county’s routers and other election items, as well as a subpoena to Dominion Voting Systems. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

rout entry 4 + -er entry 2

Noun (2)

route entry 2 + -er entry 2

Noun (3)

route entry 1 (in sense "race of a mile or more") + -er entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1818, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1903, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of router was in 1818

Dictionary Entries Near router

Cite this Entry

“Router.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
rout·​er ˈrau̇t-ər How to pronounce router (audio)
: a machine for cutting out the surface of wood or metal


2 of 2 noun
rout·​er ˈrüt-ər How to pronounce router (audio)
: one that routes
especially : a device that sends data from one place to another within a computer network or between computer networks

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