|n.||1.||A small electronic communication device which signals when a telephone call has been received at a base station. Each such device receives radio signals from the base station specifically coded for the individual to whom it is registered; the signal given by the device to the registered user may be a beeping sound, indicating that the user should call the base station to receive a message; or it may display a telephone number to which the user may call directly to return the incoming call, or may display a short message. Such devices are small enough to carry in the pocket or pocketbook, or to clip onto a belt or other part of the clothing. Also called |
|Noun||1.||pager - an electronic device that generates a series of beeps when the person carrying it is being paged|
|1.||(hardware, communications)||pager - (Or "beeper", "bleeper" (UK?))
A small wireless receiver that, when triggered (generally via
phone), will beep or vibrate (un)pleasantly. The wearer will
have been trained to respond to this signal by looking at a
small screen on the device for an unimportant message.|
In recent years, pagers have grown more complex, allowing for long alphanumeric messages to be received and scrolled though (as opposed to earlier models, which supported only short numeric messages); at the same time as pager functions are integrated into some PDAs. If this trend continues, the distinction between PDAs and high-end pagers will disappear.
Short Message Service allows a mobile phone to display a message, just like an alphanumeric pager.
|2.||(tool)||pager - A program for viewing a text file a screenful at a
time via a text terminal, as opposed to scrolling through it
in a GUI window, or catting it all at once to the
The best known pagers are more, less, pg and list.com.