1. [syn: beeper, pager]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
pager \pag"er\, n.
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 beeper.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an electronic device that generates a series of beeps when
the person carrying it is being paged [syn: beeper,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
1. (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
Short Message Service allows a mobile phone to display a
message, just like an alphanumeric pager.
2. 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.