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television

[tel-uh-vizh-uh n] /ˈtɛl əˌvɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
the broadcasting of a still or moving image via radiowaves to receivers that project a view of the image on a picture tube.
2.
the process involved.
3.
a set for receiving television broadcasts.
4.
the field of television broadcasting.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; tele-1 + vision
Related forms
televisional
[tel-uh-vizh-uh-nl] /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ ə nl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
televisionally, adverb
televisionary
[tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee] /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pretelevision, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tele-vision

television

/ˈtɛlɪˌvɪʒən/
noun
1.
the system or process of producing on a distant screen a series of transient visible images, usually with an accompanying sound signal. Electrical signals, converted from optical images by a camera tube, are transmitted by UHF or VHF radio waves or by cable and reconverted into optical images by means of a television tube inside a television set
2.
Also called television set. a device designed to receive and convert incoming electrical signals into a series of visible images on a screen together with accompanying sound
3.
the content, etc, of television programmes
4.
the occupation or profession concerned with any aspect of the broadcasting of television programmes he's in television
5.
(modifier) of, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of video and audio UHF or VHF radio signals a television transmitter
TV
Derived Forms
televisional, adjective
televisionally, adverb
televisionary, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from tele- + vision
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Word Origin and History for tele-vision
television
1907, "the action of seeing by means of Hertzian waves or otherwise, what is existing or happening at a place concealed or distant from the observer's eyes" [OED]; in theoretical discussions about sending images by radio transmission, formed in English or borrowed from Fr. télévision, from tele- + vision. Other proposals for the name of this then-hypothetical technology were telephote (1880) and televista (1904). The technology was developed in the 1920s and '30s. Nativized in Ger. as Fernsehen.
"Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want." [Clive Barnes, "New York Times," Dec. 30, 1969]
Meaning "a television set" is from 1955. Shortened form TV is from 1948.
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