Definitions

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

  • n. One that repeats: "[The] tourists are mainly repeaters from the United States and Canada who come for the peace and quiet” ( James Kerr).
  • n. A watch or clock with a pressure-activated mechanism that strikes the hour.
  • n. A repeating firearm.
  • n. A student who repeats a course, usually one that has been failed.
  • n. One who fraudulently votes more than once in a single election.
  • n. One who has been convicted of wrongdoing more than once, especially for the same offense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electronic device that receives a weak or low-level signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power.
  • n. A gun that has a store of cartridges and does not need reloading after each shot.
  • n. In ufology and similar studies, a person who regularly sees unexplained sightings of paranormal phenomenon.
  • n. A watch with a striking apparatus which, upon pressure of a spring, will indicate the time, usually in hours and quarters.
  • n. One who votes more than once at an election.
  • n. A repeating decimal.
  • n. A pennant used to indicate that a certain flag in a hoist of signal is duplicated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A watch with a striking apparatus which, upon pressure of a spring, will indicate the time, usually in hours and quarters.
  • n. A repeating firearm.
  • n. An instrument for resending a telegraphic message automatically at an intermediate point.
  • n. A person who votes more than once at an election.
  • n. See Circulating decimal, under decimal.
  • n. A pennant used to indicate that a certain flag in a hoist of signal is duplicated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who repeats; one who recites or rehearses.
  • n. A watch that, on the compression of a spring, strikes the last hour. Some also indicate the quarters, or even the hours, quarters, and odd minutes.
  • n. In arithmetic, an interminate decimal in which the same figure continually recurs.
  • n. One who votes or attempts to vote more than once for one candidate at an election.
  • n. A repeating firearm.
  • n. Nautical:
  • n. A vessel, usually a frigate, appointed to attend an admiral in a fleet, and to repeat any signal he makes, with which she immediately sails to the ship for which it is intended, or the whole length of the fleet when the signal is general. Also called repeating ship.
  • n. A flag which indicates that the first, second, or third flag in a hoist of signals is to be repeated.
  • n. In telegraphy, an instrument for automatically retransmitting a message at an intermediate point, when, by reason of length of circuit, defective insulation, etc., the original line current becomes too feeble to transmit intelligible signals through the whole circuit.
  • n. In calico-printing, a figure which is repeated at equal intervals in a pattern.
  • n. In telephony, an instrument for reproducing in one circuit a message received over another circuit and of so enhancing its intensity as to enable its transmission to a greater distance than would otherwise be practicable.

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

  • n. a firearm that can fire several rounds without reloading
  • n. (electronics) electronic device that amplifies a signal before transmitting it again
  • n. a person who repeats
  • n. someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)

Etymologies

to repeat + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Unlike a lot of other watch complications, the repeater is a bit mysterious, having most of its mechanism hidden under the dial.

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  • The Varna repeater is the latest local system to go on line and has already proven its mettle during January as it provides a tactical frequency and gives coverage in the dead spots of the county system.

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  • I can receive both the VHF/UHF digital transmissions from the main transmitters in Sydney as well as the UHF versions from a repeater tower nearby, a rescan locks in the VHF/UHF frequencies from the main transmitter and ignores the higher numbered UHF channels for the same channels from the repeater even though the reception from the repeater is better for a couple of the channels (ABC and Seven).

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  • The nearest cell repeater is 2 hrs down the dirt road and if cell phones work at all, it's only before dawn and at night.

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  • Seacom now believed the problem was caused by the failure of a "repeater" - a device that amplifies the signal carried - but a partial break of the cable could also be to blame.

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  • Now, if the repeater was the one that was hit, I should think the man would be bound to pay for it: because he was bound to take

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  • Repeater: - In digital communication systems, a repeater is a device that receives a digital signal on an electromagnetic or optical transmission medium and regenerates the signal along the next leg of the medium.

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  • An active hub contains a repeater, which is a hardware device that regenerates the received bit patterns before sending them ort.

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  • The 9170 / x0-14-12 type switching repeater, which is available as a one - or two-channel version, emulates a Namur signal at its control system output.

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  • I ended up doing a lot of 2 meter FM and that's where I was really put off ham radio: Almost everyone on the repeater was a grumpy conservative old fart.

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