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[tel-uh-vizh-uh n] /ˈtɛl əˌvɪʒ ən/
the broadcasting of a still or moving image via radiowaves to receivers that project a view of the image on a picture tube.
the process involved.
a set for receiving television broadcasts.
the field of television broadcasting.
Origin of television
1905-10; tele-1 + vision
Related forms
[tel-uh-vizh-uh-nl] /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ ə nl/ (Show IPA),
televisionally, adverb
[tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee] /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
pretelevision, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for television
  • They've also extended the party well past game time, often catching the plays on radio or television as they continue feasting.
  • My discipline is communications, specifically film, television and radio production and criticism.
  • He was also a regular television and radio commentator.
  • Until that point, television's mission was as a delivery vehicle for entertainment and clear communication.
  • Communication satellites allow us instant access to information all over the world using radio, television, and phones.
  • Twenty independent radio and television stations have received licenses.
  • Tell us which shows from the new television season will be ratings winners and which will be canceled.
  • College courses based around television shows or movies are nothing new.
  • And he wants to change television in ways that viewers will notice more.
  • Making a television set is an involved industrial process.
British Dictionary definitions for television


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
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
the content, etc, of television programmes
the occupation or profession concerned with any aspect of the broadcasting of television programmes: he's in television
(modifier) of, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of video and audio UHF or VHF radio signals: a television transmitter
Derived Forms
televisional, adjective
televisionally, adverb
televisionary, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from tele- + vision
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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 French 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 German 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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television in Technology
A dedicated push media device for receiving streaming video and audio, either by terrestrial radio broadcast, satellite or cable.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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