|n.||1.||One who takes or receives in any manner.|
|2.||(Law) 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.||(Chem.) A vessel connected with an alembic, a retort, or the like, for receiving and condensing the product of distillation.|
|5.||(Pneumatics) 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 see Illust. of Air pump.|
|6.||(Steam Engine) A vessel for receiving the exhaust steam from the high-pressure cylinder before it enters the low-pressure cylinder, in a compound engine.|
|7.||That portion of a telephonic apparatus, or similar system, at which the message is received and made audible; - opposed to |
|8.||(Firearms) In portable breech-loading firearms, the steel frame screwed to the breech end of the barrel, which receives the bolt or block, gives means of securing for firing, facilitates loading, and holds the ejector, cut-off, etc.|
|Noun||1.||receiver - set that receives radio or tv signals|
Synonyms: receiving system
|2.||receiver - (law) a person (usually appointed by a court of law) who liquidates assets or preserves them for the benefit of affected parties|
|3.||receiver - earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds|
Synonyms: telephone receiver
|4.||receiver - a person who gets something|
|5.||receiver - a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass|
RECEIVER, chancery practice. A person appointed by a court possessing
chancery jurisdiction to receive the rents and profits of land, or the
profits or produce of other property in dispute.
2. The power of appointing a receiver is a discretionary power exercised by the court. the appointment is provisional, for the more speedy getting in of the estate in dispute, and scouring it for the benefit of such person as may be entitled to it, and does not affect the right. 3 Atk. 564.
3. It is not within the compass of this work to state in what cases a receiver will be appointed; on this subject, see 2 Madd. Ch. 233.
4. The receiver is an officer of the court, and as such, responsible for good faith and reasonable diligence. When the property is lost or injured by any negligence or dishonest execution of the trust, he is liable in damages; but he is not, as of course, responsible because there has been an embezzlement or theft. He is bound to such ordinary diligence, as belongs to a prudent and honest discharge of his duties, and such as is required of all persons who receive compensation for their services. Story, Bailm. Sec. 620, 621; and the cases there cited. Vide, generally, 2 Mudd. Ch. 232; Newl. Ch. Pr. 88; 8 Com. Dig. 890; 18 Vin. Ab. 160; 1 Supp. to Ves. jr. 455; 2 Id. 57, 58, 74, 75, 442, 455; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.