listener

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From listen +‎ -er.

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listener (plural listeners)

  1. Someone who listens, especially to a speech or a broadcast.
    • 1904, William Henry Hudson, Green Mansions, chapter 2:
      [] she would set herself going, telling the most interminable stories, until the last listener was fast asleep []
    • 1937, John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men:
      And then her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away.
  2. (computing, programming, chiefly Java) A function that runs in response to an event; an event handler.

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