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- n. A monochrome system of transmitting and receiving television signals.
- n. A television set that displays only monochrome images.
Retronym for television, coined after the invention of colour television to refer specifically to the type of television existing before then. (Wiktionary)
Atop her desk was an old twelve-inch black-and-white television set tuned to Divorce Court, and next to the antenna sat a round purple plastic mirror in which Placek, who was fifty-four years old, could see herself when she spoke on the phone.