Definition of receiver in English:



  • 1The part of a telephone apparatus contained in the earpiece, in which electrical signals are converted into sounds.

    • ‘Working independently, Gray and Bell both developed systems based on electromagnetic receivers with steel diaphragms.’
    • ‘Generally, it is of no value for the transmitter to outdistance the receiver.’
    • ‘A speech signal is encoded using code excited linear prediction for use in transmitting the speech signal to a receiver.’
    1. 1.1 A complete telephone handset.
      ‘he picked up the receiver’
      • ‘She picked up the receiver and pressed a blue button.’
      • ‘Rebecca sank down onto the ottoman, clutching the telephone receiver.’
      • ‘Startled, he paused for a moment before picking up the receiver.’
      • ‘As soon as Juan put the receiver down, the telephone rang again.’
      • ‘As quietly as she could she picked up the receiver and listened.’
      • ‘With a sigh, he swivelled in his chair, balancing the telephone receiver on his right shoulder.’
      • ‘Sarah stood in the front hall with the telephone receiver still in her hand.’
      • ‘There was no voice on the other end, just the sound of a receiver being put gently down on a table.’
      • ‘Stanley Morgan was sitting behind his desk with a telephone receiver to his ear when Emily walked through the open door.’
      • ‘I smiled and cheered inwardly as I set down the telephone receiver.’
      • ‘Naturally curious, I picked up the receiver and listened in.’
      • ‘Moments later, he heard the sound of the receiver being replaced.’
      • ‘There was a pause followed by the resounding noise of a telephone receiver being slammed back onto its cradle.’
      • ‘In an emergency, all they need to do is pick up the receiver and hold it for 20 seconds.’
      • ‘She picked up the receiver and handed it over to me.’
      • ‘He must have been alone because he picked up the receiver at the first ring.’
      • ‘The telephone receiver fell out of her hand and crashed to the ground.’
      • ‘It rang three times, then someone picked up the receiver.’
      • ‘I take a deep breath, pick up the receiver and punch his number in.’
      • ‘She stopped, listened to it ring again, and picked up the receiver.’
      handset, apparatus
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    2. 1.2 A piece of radio or television apparatus that detects broadcast signals and converts them into visible or audible form.
      ‘a satellite receiver’
      • ‘This would see data being broadcast over the airwaves into radio receivers which, if they've been fitted with special screens, could transmit video images.’
      • ‘A handheld receiver detects radio emissions from these satellites.’
      • ‘The firm said if a number of people living in the same road wanted the service they could pitch in together and pay to receive it from the radio receiver on a company's building.’
      • ‘This in turn is connected to a satellite radio receiver.’
      • ‘To date the technique has largely been applied in cellphone base-stations and digital satellite TV receivers.’
      • ‘Because digital radio receivers are essentially small computers, they have the capacity to store information.’
      • ‘Everything was going okay when they heard a voice over their radio receivers asking for directions to a parking bay.’
      • ‘Accordingly, a radio telescope consists of a concave metal reflector that focuses the radio waves on a receiver.’
      • ‘People taking part will be issued with radio receivers to help track down the birds.’
      • ‘For instance, the radio receiver must handle many weak signals simultaneously, then amplify and filter them before further signal processing occurs.’
      • ‘What is meant by synchronizing the satellite signal with the receiver?’
      • ‘The scientists used pairs of antennas similar to those used in ordinary FM radio receivers.’
      • ‘Hamilton also had one of the first radio receivers in South Taranaki, with a high aerial that rose near the house.’
      • ‘With just a couple of electronic components that cost at most a dollar or two, you can build simple radio transmitters and receivers.’
      • ‘The answer to this problem is a radio receiver that activates itself and raises a noisy alarm when a storm warning is issued.’
      • ‘An important condition is obviously the presence of radio, or even television, receivers in the villages.’
      • ‘Car dealers also offer satellite radio receivers as a factory-installed option.’
      • ‘The multi-band radio receivers enable the elderly, sick and bedridden to listen to mass broadcasts live from the church and to hear parish news updates.’
      • ‘Digital radio receivers aren't yet portable, but they will be in a couple of years.’
      • ‘Satellite receivers now bring hundreds of international television channels into Iraqi living rooms.’
      • ‘The modified signals are then retransmitted via geostationary satellites to users' receivers.’
  • 2A person who gets or accepts something that has been sent or given to them.

    ‘the receiver of a gift’
    • ‘Each message contains a sequence number, and each time it is sent, it is followed by an acknowledgment from the receiver.’
    • ‘Sometimes anonymous cards are sent and the receiver has to guess who the sender might be.’
    • ‘Each time a document is sent, the receiver can check with the security firm to verify the sender's identity.’
    • ‘Can the receiver of a benefit in all conscience hang on to it without paying?’
    • ‘Good gifts reflect something about the giver and the receiver.’
    • ‘They then send the locked briefcase to the receiver.’
    • ‘And if the gift assumes an economic dimension, it is because the gift indebts the receiver.’
    • ‘This will make you look smarter, and the gift receiver will think that you think that they're pretty smart.’
    • ‘Luckily, with most of my gift suggestions, both giver and receiver can share the pleasure.’
    • ‘The object of covering a gift in paper is to obscure it from the receiver's view long enough for them to give you yours, right?’
    • ‘But for the receiver to enjoy the gift without feeling guilty they must also give.’
    recipient, beneficiary, donee, giftee
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    1. 2.1 A person who buys or accepts goods known to be stolen.
      ‘he's the biggest receiver of stolen jewels in London’
      • ‘It will target all criminals, from burglars and street robbers to drug dealers, car criminals and receivers of stolen goods.’
      • ‘While car criminals infuriate Fry he is as angry with receivers of stolen goods.’
      • ‘This is an extremely wide provision designed to criminalize those who help a thief or a receiver.’
    2. 2.2 (in tennis and similar games) the player to whom the ball is served to begin play.
      • ‘An ace is when the receiver does not get his racket on the serve; if a receiver mis-hits a serve it is called a service winner.’
      • ‘An example is a tennis player: When the server starts to serve, the receiver is already in motion.’
    3. 2.3American Football A player who specializes in catching passes.
      • ‘While he makes some sensational grabs, he also drops more passes than an elite receiver should.’
      • ‘Both teams have strong-armed quarterbacks and dangerous receivers.’
      • ‘He was always the player who saved the game in the end, whether by a miraculous touchdown or a flawless pass to the receiver in the end zone.’
      • ‘He has an outside chance of sticking with the Eagles as a fifth receiver and special-teams player.’
      • ‘He struggled in goal-line situations last season and is not a great receiver or pass blocker.’
  • 3A person or company appointed by a court to manage the financial affairs of a business or person that has gone bankrupt.

    ‘the company is in the hands of the receivers’
    • ‘A receiver can be appointed to a firm by a creditor, usually a bank, whose debt has been secured by a charge on some or all of the company's assets.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs seek to appeal against the order appointing the receiver and manager.’
    • ‘It had been reported that he was claiming up to €100 million for losses incurred after the appointment of the receiver.’
    • ‘But the case has not ended with the appointment of a receiver.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the receivers said that the business was still up for sale and that several interested parties had come forward.’
    • ‘This point is well taken, as the appointment of a receiver does not necessarily mean that the company's business operations are to be suspended.’
    • ‘A receiver appointed by the court must act fairly and honestly as a fiduciary on behalf of all parties with an interest in the debtor's property and undertaking.’
    • ‘When a company goes into receivership, a receiver is appointed to try to keep the company running.’
    • ‘The court receiver was directed to hand over the items to society members in the presence of both prosecution and defence lawyers.’
    • ‘They simply acted as if they were validly appointed receivers dismissing employees, terminating contracts, disposing of assets and settling claims.’
    • ‘He argued that by law, the assets of a bankrupt company were subject to the court receiver's supervision.’
    • ‘In 1996 he bought the company from the receivers after it experienced financial difficulties.’
    • ‘Just two years later, however, the company was forced to appoint a receiver leaving more than 300 employees out of work.’
    • ‘At the start of this year receivers were appointed to manage the brand in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Stirling.’
    • ‘A bankrupt used a £5,000 gift from his dad to pay off drug dealers without telling the official receiver, a court was told.’
    • ‘Three weeks later the company's shares were suspended and a receiver was appointed.’
    • ‘Finally, if a receiver was appointed or the company went into liquidation, certain payments to you would be guaranteed out of a state Redundancy Fund.’
    • ‘Interest has also been expressed in the business and the receivers are hopeful of concluding a sale in due course.’
    • ‘It is likely they would agree that the appointment of a receiver might be the drastic, but necessary, step that is needed.’
    • ‘Last February, it suspended its share dealing on the Dublin stock exchange and a receiver was appointed to deal with its large debts.’
  • 4Chemistry
    A container for collecting the products of distillation, chromatography, or other process.

    • ‘The distillation equipment consists of a boiler, distillation stills, condensers and receivers.’
    • ‘The condensate trapped in the dry ice-cooled traps was slowly warmed to room temperature to boil off the gaseous materials and then combined with the distillate in the ice-cooled receiver.’
    • ‘The distilled vapor is condensed and retained in a receiver immersed in a liquid nitrogen bath.’
  • 5The part of a firearm which houses the action and to which the barrel and other parts are attached.

    • ‘Many light rifles reduce weight by using light, short barrels with standard receivers.’
    • ‘Most blue steel firearms receivers are made from 4140 steel alloy.’
    • ‘The result should be a very stiff barrel/receiver joint and a superbly accurate rifle.’
    • ‘On the left side of the rifle's beefy receiver is a rail for mounting day/night optics.’
    • ‘Browning has done an outstanding job of matching receiver and barrel.’
    • ‘So a very precise fixture was made to hold both the receiver and the barrel in proper alignment.’
    • ‘Open and unload the action, turn out the takedown screw about a turn and a half, and then slide the barrel from the receiver.’
    • ‘This also allows the barrel to be cleaned from the breech end; the receiver is also easier to clean.’
    • ‘Long ago, some unknown gunsmith drilled and tapped a rifle receiver ring to attach a sight base.’