1. One who takes or receives in any manner.
2. A person appointed, ordinarily by a court, to receive, and hold in trust, money or other property which is the subject of litigation, pending the suit; a person appointed to take charge of the estate and effects of a corporation, and to do other acts necessary to winding up its affairs, in certain cases.
3. One who takes or buys stolen goods from a thief, knowing them to be stolen.
4. (Science: chemistry) A vessel connected with an alembic, a retort, or the like, for receiving and condensing the product of distillation. A vessel for receiving and containing gases.
5. (Science: physics) The glass vessel in which the vacuum is produced, and the objects of experiment are put, in experiments with an air pump. Cf. Bell jar, and
6. (Science: engineering) A vessel for receiving the exhaust steam from the high-pressure cylinder before it enters the low-pressure cylinder, in a compound engine. A capacious vessel for receiving steam from a distant boiler, and supplying it dry to an engine.
7. That portion of a telephonic apparatus, or similar system, at which the message is received and made audible; opposed to transmitter.
(Science: physics) Exhausted receiver, a receiver, as that used with the air pump, from which the air has been withdrawn; a vessel the less complete vacuum.
Origin: Cf. F. Receveur.