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

  • n. A material added in small amounts during a chemical or metallurgical process to absorb impurities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who gets.
  • n. A function used to retrieve the value of some property of an object, contrasted with the setter.
  • n. A material which is included in a vacuum system or device for removing gas by sorption.
  • v. To remove gas by sorption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who gets, gains, obtains, acquires, begets, or procreates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who gets, gains, obtains, or acquires.
  • n. One who begets or procreates.
  • n. One employed in digging, or in getting out by digging: as, a coal-getter.


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  • State election officials say they won't even count names on write-in ballots unless they make up the most votes in the race or the difference in their number and the highest voter getter is less than half a percent.

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  • The "Dancing with the Stars" results show kicks things off Tuesday with the surprise announcement that Teen Abstinence Advocate Bristol Palin, the previous night's lowest vote-getter, is safe ... despite fluffing a good chunk of her jive dance number -- part of which was performed in a gorilla costume -- the night before, and after which, when asked what she'd been thinking, she answered, "Uh, I hate the jive," followed by an awkward silence.

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  • Despite his legal situation and upcoming trial weighing on him and his diminished statistics, Bryant was the second-leading vote-getter from the West. - NBA's Lords of the Rim invade Hollywood

  • Luke Gladue knows the name is an attention-getter, which is why it's what he calls his newly launched business. Local Breaking News

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  • A getter is a method that gets the value of a specific property.

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  • Once a year, in late July or early August, everything must be in readiness for the "getter," who witnesses the picking of the competition berries, their careful placement in boxes padded with cotton wool, and who seals the box so that no cheating with some kind of ersatz substituted berry can occur.

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  • As near as I was able to size up the situation, there's a sentiment among the members of the national House that every Representative is entitled to have one pet hobby along the line of disinterested statesmanship, so long as he does not allow it to interfere with his regular duties as a "getter" for his own particular constituency.

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  • There's loads of new productivity features such as getter/setter generation, event code generation, a new Package Explorer, support for ASDoc tooltips right in the IDE.



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  • (n.) A substance that removes residual gas from an evacuated enclosure by chemical or other action; (v.) to use a getter to remove gas.

    March 8, 2008