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[brawd-kast, -kahst] /ˈbrɔdˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
verb (used with object), broadcast or broadcasted, broadcasting.
1.
to transmit (programs) from a radio or television station.
2.
to speak, perform, sponsor, or present on a radio or television program:
The president will broadcast his message on all stations tonight.
3.
to cast or scatter abroad over an area, as seed in sowing.
4.
to spread widely; disseminate:
She broadcast the good news all over town.
5.
to indicate unwittingly to another (one's next action); telegraph:
He broadcast his punch and the other man was able to parry it.
verb (used without object), broadcast or broadcasted, broadcasting.
6.
to transmit programs or signals from a radio or television station.
7.
to make something known widely; disseminate something.
8.
to speak, perform, sponsor, or present all or part of a radio or television program:
The Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts every Saturday on our local station.
noun
9.
something that is broadcast.
10.
a single radio or television program.
11.
the broadcasting of radio or television messages, speeches, etc.
12.
a single period of broadcasting.
13.
a method of sowing by scattering seed.
adjective
14.
(of programs) transmitted from a radio or television station.
15.
of or pertaining to broadcasting.
16.
cast abroad or all over an area, as seed scattered widely.
adverb
17.
so as to reach the greatest number of people by radio or television:
The vital news was sent broadcast to inform the entire nation.
18.
so as to be cast abroad over an area:
seed sown broadcast.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; orig., broad (adv.) + cast, past participle of cast1
Related forms
unbroadcasted, adjective
Can be confused
broadcast, narrowcast, simulcast.
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Examples for broadcast
  • The agency regulates the country's telephone, cable and broadcast operations.
  • Indeed, the entire appeal of the new age of online services is to broadcast personal information.
  • It was being broadcast on a radio talk show, and everybody on the road was tuned in to the same program.
  • TV stations have traditionally broadcast over wireless frequencies that carry information longer distances.
  • Its amazing how much misinformation is being broadcast on this thread.
  • broadcast them over a prepared bed or plant them in traditional rows more.
  • Many admissions offices now use new technologies to broadcast their carefully choreographed messages.
  • It was the last rebel message, probably conveyed by satellite phone, known to have been broadcast from the battlefield.
  • Viewers and creative verve are drifting steadily from broadcast to cable networks.
  • The news broadcast includes a warning that a severe storm is approaching his village.
British Dictionary definitions for broadcast

broadcast

/ˈbrɔːdˌkɑːst/
verb -casts, -casting, -cast, -casted
1.
to transmit (announcements or programmes) on radio or television
2.
(intransitive) to take part in a radio or television programme
3.
(transitive) to make widely known throughout an area to broadcast news
4.
(transitive) to scatter (seed, etc) over an area, esp by hand
noun
5.
  1. a transmission or programme on radio or television
  2. (as modifier) a broadcast signal
6.
  1. the act of scattering seeds
  2. (as modifier) the broadcast method of sowing
adjective
7.
dispersed over a wide area broadcast seeds
adverb
8.
far and wide seeds to be sown broadcast
Derived Forms
broadcaster, noun
broadcasting, noun
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Word Origin and History for broadcast

1767, adjective, in reference to the spreading of seed, from broad (adj.) + past participle of cast (v.). Figurative use is recorded from 1785. Modern media use began with radio (1922, adjective and noun). As a verb, recorded from 1813 in an agricultural sense, 1829 in a figurative sense, 1921 in reference to radio.

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broadcast in Technology


A transmission to multiple, unspecified recipients. On Ethernet, a broadcast packet is a special type of multicast packet which all nodes on the network are always willing to receive.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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