a device for communicating with a spaceship or astronaut
The flying vessel had gone through the zone of feeble radiations which comprised the outer detector screen of the Fenachrone. But, though tenuous, that screen was highly efficient, and at its touch there burst into frenzied activity the communicator built by the captive to be actuated by that very impulse. It had been built during the long flight through space, and its builder had thought that its presence would be unnoticed and would remain unsuspected by the Terrestrials.
‘Observation Officer of the Z12Q, attention!’ snapped from the tight-beam headquarters communicator. ‘Cut off those spy rays and report yourself under arrest for treason!’
Space’s so full of static you couldn’t drive a power beam through it, let alone a communicator.
I never could see how you deep-space men can really understand what you’re doing—either the frightful speeds at which you travel, the distance you cover, or the way your communicators work.
Decisively, she clicked off the intership communicator, made an adjustment and stepped through a transmitter into the receiving room half a mile distant.
They had no time to ask any further questions before Alveron himself began to speak through their communicators.
He grinned at the profanity that came out of the communicator-speaker. Then—back at the irreverently nicknamed Galloping Cow which was the base ship of the Extra-Solarian Research Institute expedition to this star-cluster—McRae cut off.
They have now adapted our universal speech machine, so that anyone who wishes to need only speak into his communicator, and so will have his words translated into the language of the revived person.
Dak was busy most of the time at the ship’s communicator, apparently talking on a very tight beam for his hands constantly nursed the directional control like a gunner laying a gun under difficulties.
Aboard the Enterprise, all controls on the transporter have gone dead. Their scanners, communicators, all contact with the planet has been lost.
The communicators are not attuned to our own space craft—only to the ships of the Mumes.
By the elevators Kepler spoke briefly into a wall communicator.
After a final, cautious communicator scan of the base, he returned to the ship himself.
He yawned…just as his tricorder began beeping madly. Riker glanced at the tricorder’s display screen, then quickly slapped his communicator insignia.
And he doesn’t got a replicator…No tricorder. No communicator.
E. E. Smith,'Skylark of Valeron'
Note: this is listed here because the OED's definition specifies distinct uses relating to telegraphs and trains, but not for spacecraft, which is almost certainly more common now.
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