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What is receiver?

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1. One that receives something: a receiver of many compliments.

2. A device, such as a part of a radio, television set, or telephone, that converts incoming electromagnetic signals into sound, light, or electrical signals.

3. A person appointed by a court to receive and responsibly administer funds or property connected with ongoing litigation.

4. A person who knowingly buys or receives stolen goods.

5. A receptacle intended for a specific purpose.


a. Football A member of the offensive team eligible to catch a forward pass.

b. Sports A player who receives a pass.

c. Baseball The catcher.

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1. a person who receives something; recipient

2. (Law) a person appointed by a court to manage property pending the outcome of litigation, during the infancy of the owner, or after the owner(s) has been declared bankrupt or of unsound mind

3. (Law) chiefly Brit a person who receives stolen goods knowing that they have been stolen

4. (Electronics) the equipment in a telephone, radio, or television that receives incoming electrical signals or modulated radio waves and converts them into the original audio or video signals

5. (Telecommunications) the part of a telephone containing the earpiece and mouthpiece that is held by the telephone user

6. (Electronics) the equipment in a radar system, radio telescope, etc, that converts incoming radio signals into a useful form, usually displayed on the screen of a cathode-ray oscilloscope

7. an obsolete word for receptacle

8. (Chemistry) chem a vessel in which the distillate is collected during distillation

9. (General Sporting Terms) sport US a player whose function is to receive the ball, esp a footballer who catches long passes

10. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the metallic frame situated behind the breech of a gun to guide the round into the chamber
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