Definition of receiver in US English:



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

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

    ‘the receiver of a gift’
    • ‘This will make you look smarter, and the gift receiver will think that you think that they're pretty smart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can the receiver of a benefit in all conscience hang on to it without paying?’
    • ‘But for the receiver to enjoy the gift without feeling guilty they must also give.’
    • ‘Each time a document is sent, the receiver can check with the security firm to verify the sender's identity.’
    • ‘Good gifts reflect something about the giver and the receiver.’
    • ‘Luckily, with most of my gift suggestions, both giver and receiver can share the pleasure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    recipient, beneficiary, donee, giftee
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    1. 2.1 A person who buys or accepts stolen goods in the knowledge that they have been stolen.
      • ‘This is an extremely wide provision designed to criminalize those who help a thief or a receiver.’
      • ‘While car criminals infuriate Fry he is as angry with receivers of stolen goods.’
      • ‘It will target all criminals, from burglars and street robbers to drug dealers, car criminals and receivers of stolen goods.’
    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 catches a pass or a kick.
      • ‘He struggled in goal-line situations last season and is not a great receiver or pass blocker.’
      • ‘He has an outside chance of sticking with the Eagles as a fifth receiver and special-teams player.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both teams have strong-armed quarterbacks and dangerous receivers.’
      • ‘While he makes some sensational grabs, he also drops more passes than an elite receiver should.’
  • 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’
    • ‘When a company goes into receivership, a receiver is appointed to try to keep the company running.’
    • ‘Three weeks later the company's shares were suspended and a receiver was appointed.’
    • ‘It is likely they would agree that the appointment of a receiver might be the drastic, but necessary, step that is needed.’
    • ‘The court receiver was directed to hand over the items to society members in the presence of both prosecution and defence lawyers.’
    • ‘It had been reported that he was claiming up to €100 million for losses incurred after the appointment of the receiver.’
    • ‘At the start of this year receivers were appointed to manage the brand in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Stirling.’
    • ‘They simply acted as if they were validly appointed receivers dismissing employees, terminating contracts, disposing of assets and settling claims.’
    • ‘A bankrupt used a £5,000 gift from his dad to pay off drug dealers without telling the official receiver, a court was told.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs seek to appeal against the order appointing the receiver and manager.’
    • ‘In 1996 he bought the company from the receivers after it experienced financial difficulties.’
    • ‘Interest has also been expressed in the business and the receivers are hopeful of concluding a sale in due course.’
    • ‘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 spokesman for the receivers said that the business was still up for sale and that several interested parties had come forward.’
    • ‘He argued that by law, the assets of a bankrupt company were subject to the court receiver's supervision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just two years later, however, the company was forced to appoint a receiver leaving more than 300 employees out of work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last February, it suspended its share dealing on the Dublin stock exchange and a receiver was appointed to deal with its large debts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the case has not ended with the appointment of a receiver.’
  • 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 distilled vapor is condensed and retained in a receiver immersed in a liquid nitrogen bath.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 5The part of a firearm which houses the action and to which the barrel and other parts are attached.

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