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[air-weyvz] /ˈɛərˌweɪvz/
plural noun
the media of radio and television broadcasting:
The airwaves were filled with news flashes about the crisis.
Origin of airwaves
1895-1900, for earlier sense; air1 + waves (plural of wave) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Long before crime filled the headlines and the airwaves, there was the alleged communist threat.
  • Many of these songs live on today, around campfires and on the airwaves.
  • Mobile phone networks failed as people across the region jammed the airwaves trying to reach relatives.
  • On the airwaves and in the blogosphere, it got uglier.
  • Besides filling the airwaves with ads for feminine protection products, or urinary incontinence.
  • When the fires first started and were raging the first days, local officials were all over the airwaves with information.
  • Researchers show that they can make more efficient use of the airwaves than previously thought.
  • Adding to this have been the many campaign ads attacking big government that have filled the airwaves as the election approaches.
  • We should charge annual fees for the right to use and profit from publicly owned airwaves.
  • Directing that sum away from the airwaves and into the printed word would have far-reaching and beneficent consequences.
British Dictionary definitions for airwaves


plural noun
(informal) radio waves used in radio and television broadcasting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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