- a person or thing that receives.
- a device or apparatus that receives electrical signals, waves, or the like, and renders them perceptible to the senses, as the part of a telephone held to the ear, a radio receiving set, or a television receiving set.
- Law. a person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a bankrupt business or person or to care for property in litigation.
- Commerce. a person appointed to receive money due.
- a person who knowingly receives stolen goods for an illegal purpose; a dealer in stolen merchandise.
- a device or apparatus for receiving or holding something; receptacle; container.
- (in a firearm) the basic metal unit housing the action and to which the barrel and other components are attached.
- Chemistry. a vessel for collecting and containing a distillate.
- Football. a player on the offensive team who catches, is eligible to catch, or is noted for the ability to catch a forward pass: Jones was the receiver of the first pass thrown. He sent all his receivers downfield.
- Baseball. the catcher.
- a person who receives something; recipient
- 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
- mainly British a person who receives stolen goods knowing that they have been stolen
- 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
- the part of a telephone containing the earpiece and mouthpiece that is held by the telephone user
- 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
- an obsolete word for receptacle
- chem a vessel in which the distillate is collected during distillation
- US sport a player whose function is to receive the ball, esp a footballer who catches long passes
- the metallic frame situated behind the breech of a gun to guide the round into the chamber
mid-14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from receive, or from Old French recevere (Modern French receveur), agent noun from recievere. As a telephone apparatus, from 1877; in reference to a radio unit, from 1891; in U.S. football sense, from 1897.
- A device, as in a radio or telephone, that converts incoming radio, microwave, or electrical signals to a form, such as sound or light, that can be perceived by humans. Compare transmitter.