router

1 of 3

noun (1)

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

router

2 of 3

noun (2)

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

router

3 of 3

noun (3)

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

Examples of router in a Sentence

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Noun
Perfect for streaming, gaming, and smart home setups, these routers offer robust security, speedy throughput, and expansive coverage. Shubham Yewale, PCMAG, 12 July 2024 Wi-Fi signal strength can be tricky depending on where the router is placed. Amy Young, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 Image: Netgear The big benefit for these routers, as with most mesh Wi-Fi 7 routers, lies in Multi-Link Operation (MLO), a new feature in the Wi-Fi 7 standard that allows for simultaneous connections on two bands and, therefore, a faster, more stable connection. Wes Davis, The Verge, 11 June 2024 The main router has two 10-Gbps ports and four 2.5-Gbps ports. Simon Hill, WIRED, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for router 

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Word History

Etymology

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

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“Router.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/router. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

router

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

router

2 of 2 noun
rout·​er ˈrüt-ər How to pronounce router (audio)
ˈrau̇t-
: 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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