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shortwave

[shawrt-weyv] /ˈʃɔrtˈweɪv/
noun
1.
Electricity. a radio wave, shorter than that used in AM broadcasting, corresponding to frequencies of over 1600 kilohertz: used for long-distance reception or transmission.
3.
Physics. a wave of electromagnetic radiation equal in length to, or shorter than, the wavelength of visible light.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or using shortwaves.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), shortwaved, shortwaving.
5.
to transmit by shortwaves.
Origin of shortwave
1900-1905
1900-05; short + wave
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shortwave
  (shôrt'wāv')   
A radio wave with a frequency between 5.9 megahertz and 26.1 megahertz. Shortwaves broadcast from the Earth's surface are reflected by the upper atmosphere and can travel great distances around the planet. The shortwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum is used for amateur radio communications.
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