[het-er-uh-dahyn] Radio.
noting or pertaining to a method of changing the frequency of an incoming radio signal by adding it to a signal generated within the receiver to produce fluctuations or beats of a frequency equal to the difference between the two signals.
verb (used without object), heterodyned, heterodyning.
to produce a heterodyne effect.
verb (used with object), heterodyned, heterodyning.
to mix (a frequency) with a different frequency so as to achieve a heterodyne effect.

1905–10; hetero- + -dyne < Greek dýnamis power

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heterodyne (ˈhɛtərəʊˌdaɪn)
1.  electronics See also superheterodyne receiver to combine by intermodulation (two alternating signals, esp radio signals) to produce two signals having frequencies corresponding to the sum and the difference of the original frequencies
2.  produced by, operating by, or involved in heterodyning two signals

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Frequency translation of a broadband signal in heterodyne reception.
The first technique is called a heterodyne frequency measuring method or beat frequency method.
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