Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A substance added to another substance to modify, dilute, or adulterate it: meat loaf that contained oatmeal as an extender.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various substances designed to extend any of several properties of a material.
  • n. Any of various components designed to extend the length of a device.
  • n. Another term for runner or quick-draw. (from sense #2)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, extends or stretches anything.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which extends or stretches.
  • n. A surveyor; one who appraises landed property.

Etymologies

extend +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He ran his shower-curtain extender invention, the Shower Bow, through it recently.

    Group Is Mother of Inventions

  • The following is how my extender is coded, followed by the GetSlides routine.

    ASP.NET Forums

  • Social-services agencies, which typically depend on government funding for 50% to 90% of their revenue, say this is the first time the state budget has been late that the governor hasn't included funding to nonprofits in any so-called extender bills, or emergency appropriations.

    Nonprofits Lose Funding

  • This is the first time the governor has used these so-called extender bills to make annual cuts.

    New Tack On Budget Attack

  • "They had a so-called extender prepared, or draft on Friday," Skelos said.

    NY Daily News

  • The extender is a femtocell base station that connects to the Ethernet port of a broadband router.

    Top Tech News

  • There are also a good number of "extender" items that Congress intends to keep in place forever but which expire every two years or so.

    The Budget Debate, VI, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • This "extender" bill, which the Senate took up Monday, not only would extend unemployment benefits, the Cobra health program and Medicare doctors 'payments, but would also prolong expiring tax breaks such as the research-and-development tax credit.

    One Senator Holds Up Bill, in New Level of Gridlock

  • As done before, the governor's contingency plan would be inserted into an "extender" bill.

    Fight Over Budget Intensifies

  • Where few people would buy a specialized PC for media upfront, and hence would have no need for an "extender," many more should be willing to try out an inexpensive extender that hangs off features wrapped into the OS they already have, as well as to buy upgrades that make their existing PC more media-friendly once they have the extender.

    4GM: Perception Wars

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