transmitter [trans-mit-er, tranz-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a person or thing that transmits.
  2. Also called transmitting set. Radio. a device for sending electromagnetic waves; the part of a broadcasting apparatus that generates and modulates the radiofrequency current and conveys it to the antenna.
  3. the part of a telephonic or telegraphic apparatus that converts sound waves or mechanical movements into corresponding electric waves or impulses.
  4. Biochemistry. neurotransmitter.

Origin of transmitter First recorded in 1720–30; transmit + -er1 Examples from the Web for transmitter Contemporary Examples of transmitter

  • The transmitter turns the iPod into an individual radio station, with a broadcast radius of a few feet.

    Decentralized Dance Parties: Raves’ Next Wave

    Winston Ross

    February 3, 2012

  • Historical Examples of transmitter

  • Mr. Tainter saw me disappear from the window, and at once spoke to the transmitter.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • I put down the transmitter and pressed my hand to my forehead.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914


  • At length all was ready for a test and the message flashed from transmitter to receiver.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • He took the receiver from its hook and spoke into the transmitter.

    Cy Whittaker’s Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He jerked the receiver from the hook, placed it at his ear, and shouted into the transmitter.

    Cap’n Dan’s Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • British Dictionary definitions for transmitter transmitter noun

    1. a person or thing that transmits
    2. the equipment used for generating and amplifying a radio-frequency carrier, modulating the carrier with information, and feeding it to an aerial for transmission
    3. the microphone in a telephone that converts sound waves into audio-frequency electrical signals
    4. a device that converts mechanical movements into coded electrical signals transmitted along a telegraph circuit
    5. physiol short for neurotransmitter

    Word Origin and History for transmitter n.

    “apparatus for receiving radio signals,” 1934, agent noun from transmit.

    transmitter in Science transmitter [trăns′mĭt-ər]

    1. A device that converts sound, light, or electrical signals into radio, microwave, or other electrical signals of sufficient strength for the purpose of telecommunication. Compare receiver.
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