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Meaning of scanner

scan•ner

Pronunciation: (skan'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that scans.
  2. optical scanner. See under
  3. any device for exposing an image on film, a sensitized plate, etc., by tracing light along a series of many closely spaced parallel lines.
  4. (in aerial photography) a device for estimating the ratio of aircraft speed to aircraft altitude.
  5. a photoelectric device for scanning a picture to determine automatically the density of the hue or value in each area for transmission by wire or radio or for preparation of color process printing plates.
  6. a computer-aided electronic system using photoelectric cells to separate copy, as color illustrations, into its primary colors, correct color copy, and produce a set of color separations ready for proofing or printing.
  7. a radio receiver, used esp. by police, firefighters, and the press, that continuously tunes to preselected frequencies, broadcasting any signal that it detects.
  8. a device for examining a body, organ, tissue, or other biologically active material. Cf.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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