scanner Definition

  • 1a device that scans documents and converts them into digital data
  • 2a device that detects and reads codes or symbols, such as barcodes

Using scanner: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "scanner" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to use the scanner to send this document.

  • Example

    The barcode scanner at the store was not working properly.

  • Example

    The airport security scanner detected a suspicious item in his luggage.

scanner Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for scanner

Phrases with scanner

  • a type of scanner that uses a flat glass surface to scan documents


    The flatbed scanner is great for scanning books and other bound materials.

  • handheld scanner

    a portable scanner that can be held in the hand and used to scan barcodes or other codes


    The handheld scanner is useful for scanning items in a warehouse or store.

  • a type of scanner that is designed specifically for scanning documents


    The document scanner is faster and more efficient than using a traditional photocopier.


Summary: scanner in Brief

A 'scanner' [ˈskænər] is a device that converts physical documents into digital data or reads codes and symbols like barcodes. Examples include the flatbed scanner, handheld scanner, and document scanner. It is commonly used in offices, stores, and airports.

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