American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A radio or radar transmitter-receiver activated for transmission by reception of a predetermined signal.
- n. a radio or radar transceiver that transmits some signal in response to receiving a predetermined signal
- n. electrical device designed to receive a specific signal and automatically transmit a specific reply
- Blend of transmitter and responder (Wiktionary)
- tran(smitter) + (re)sponder. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Also, with Ku-band (geostationary orbit) satellites, each transponder is pointing at a sector.”
“At 8: 13 Pete Zalewski sees the information on his radar screen that the transponder is no longer transmitting, that the pilot of American Airlines flight 11 is no longer responding and that the flight route has been changed.”
“Your ship was flying at warp 1.1 in a non-designated area, your identification transponder is not functioning, and your warp field is not dampenedâ€ ¦ clickâ€ ¦ please stand byâ€ ¦ clickâ€ ¦ clickâ€ ¦ Sir, Sol is in the Sirius Sector, but this ship is not registered.”
“The transponder is what communicates with the toll system to electronically pay a driver’s fee.”
“They have to have a specific code in their transponder, which is designed to enhance their signals with radar so that the controllers know who they are.”
“They had a faulty transponder, which is that device which enhances your radar signal.”
“Its transponder, which is what allows radar to see it more clearly, had been turned off by the hijackers.”
“Since 9/11, this whole area around here that looks like a giant Mickey Mouse-shaped deal, is prohibited as well for pilots who do not have communication with air-traffic control, and do not have a specific code in their box, called a transponder, which helps identify them on radar.”
“COLLINS: And, of course, we are aware that a hijacking alert, otherwise known as the transponder code on these aircraft, was put intact, meaning that something was happening in that survey.”
“Well, if you put a code into the transponder, which is kind of like dialing a frequency on your radio at home, that's pretty cut and dry.”
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