Definitions

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

  • n. One that receives something: a receiver of many compliments.
  • n. Electronics A device, such as a part of a radio, television set, or telephone, that receives incoming radio signals and converts them to perceptible forms, such as sound or light.
  • n. An official appointed to receive and account for money due.
  • n. Law A person appointed by a court administrator to take into custody the property or funds of others, pending litigation.
  • n. A person who knowingly buys or receives stolen goods.
  • n. A receptacle intended for a specific purpose.
  • n. Football A member of the offensive team eligible to catch a forward pass.
  • n. Baseball The catcher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who receives something.
  • n. A person who acts as trustee for a bankrupt.
  • n. A person who accepts stolen goods.
  • n. A telephone handset.
  • n. A person who accepts the ball after it has been passed.
  • n. A person who attempts to return the ball after it has been served.
  • n. Any of several electronic devices that receives signals and converts them into sound or vision
  • n. A court administrator
  • n. The part of a firearm containing the action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who takes or receives in any manner.
  • n. A person appointed, ordinarily by a court, to receive, and hold in trust, money or other property which is the subject of litigation, pending the suit; a person appointed to take charge of the estate and effects of a corporation, and to do other acts necessary to winding up its affairs, in certain cases.
  • n. One who takes or buys stolen goods from a thief, knowing them to be stolen.
  • n.
  • n. A vessel connected with an alembic, a retort, or the like, for receiving and condensing the product of distillation.
  • n. A vessel for receiving and containing gases.
  • n. The glass vessel in which the vacuum is produced, and the objects of experiment are put, in experiments with an air pump. Cf. Bell jar, and see Illust. of Air pump.
  • n.
  • n. A vessel for receiving the exhaust steam from the high-pressure cylinder before it enters the low-pressure cylinder, in a compound engine.
  • n. A capacious vessel for receiving steam from a distant boiler, and supplying it dry to an engine.
  • n. That portion of a telephonic apparatus, or similar system, at which the message is received and made audible; -- opposed to transmitter.
  • n. In portable breech-loading firearms, the steel frame screwed to the breech end of the barrel, which receives the bolt or block, gives means of securing for firing, facilitates loading, and holds the ejector, cut-off, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which receives, in any general sense; a recipient; a receptacle; a taker or container of anything transmitted; as, a receiver of taxes; a receiver for odds and ends.
  • n. An officer appointed to receive public money; a treasurer; specifically, a person appointed by a court of equity or other judicial tribunal to take, pending litigation, the custody and management or disposal of property in controversy, or to receive the rents and profits of land or the produce of other property.
  • n. One who, for purposes of profit or concealment, takes stolen goods from a thief, knowing them to be stolen, thus making himself a party to the crime.
  • n. In chem.:
  • n. A vessel for receiving and containing the product of distillation.
  • n. A vessel for receiving and containing gases.
  • n. The glass vessel placed on the plate of an air-pump, in order to be exhausted of air: so named because it is the recipient of those things on which experiments are made. See air-pump.
  • n. The receiving magnet of an electric telegraph, the receiving apparatus of a telephone, or the like.
  • n. In mech.: A chamber in a compound engine into which the exhaust from one cylinder passes on its way to the next cylinder.
  • n. A chamber in a steam-line, close to the engine, in which water carried along by the steam is given a chance to separate from it before the steam enters the cylinder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. set that receives radio or tv signals
  • n. a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass
  • n. earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds
  • n. (law) a person (usually appointed by a court of law) who liquidates assets or preserves them for the benefit of affected parties
  • n. the tennis player who receives the serve
  • n. a person who receives something

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to receive + -er (Wiktionary)

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