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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To transmit (a radio or television program) for public or general use.
  • transitive v. To send out or communicate, especially by radio or television: The agency broadcast an urgent appeal for medical supplies.
  • transitive v. To make known over a wide area: broadcast rumors. See Synonyms at announce.
  • transitive v. To sow (seed) over a wide area, especially by hand.
  • intransitive v. To transmit a radio or television program for public or general use.
  • intransitive v. To be on the air: The station begins broadcasting at 6 A.M.
  • intransitive v. To participate in a radio or television program.
  • intransitive v. To send a transmission or signal; transmit.
  • n. Transmission of a radio or television program or signal for public use.
  • n. A radio or television program: watched the morning news broadcast.
  • n. The duration of such a program.
  • n. The act of scattering seed.
  • adj. Communicated by means of television or radio.
  • adj. Of or relating to television or radio communications: broadcast journalism; the print and broadcast media.
  • adj. Widely known.
  • adj. Scattered over a wide area.
  • adv. In a scattered manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. cast or scattered widely, in all directions
  • n. A transmission of a radio or television programme aired to be received by anyone with a receiver.
  • n. A programme (show, bulletin, documentary ...) so transmitted.
  • n. The act of scattering seed.
  • v. To transmit a message or signal via radio waves or electronic means
  • v. To transmit a message over a wide area
  • v. To appear as speaker, presenter or performer in a broadcast program
  • v. To sow seeds over a wide area
  • v. To send an email in a single transmission to a (typically large) number of people
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of broadcast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A casting or throwing seed in all directions, as from the hand in sowing.
  • n. an act of broadcasting; specifically, a program in which sounds or images are transmitted in all directions from a radio or television station; -- usually referring to a scheduled program on a commercial or public service radio or television station, using the normal radio frequencies for those media, in contrast to a radiotelephone conversation, which may also be transmitted in all directions, but is intended for receipt by a base station in the telephone network.
  • adj. Cast or dispersed in all directions, as seed from the hand in sowing; widely diffused.
  • adj. Scattering in all directions (as a method of sowing); -- opposed to planting in hills, or rows.
  • adv. So as to scatter or be scattered in all directions; so as to spread widely, as seed from the hand in sowing, or news from the press.
  • v. to cast or disperse in all directions, as seed from the hand in sowing; to diffuse widely.
  • v. to transmit (sounds, images, or other signals) in all directions from a radio or television station.
  • v. to disseminate (information, a speech, an advertisement, etc.) from a radio or television station.
  • v. to spread (information, news, gossip) widely by any means.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cast or dispersed upon the ground with the hand, as seed in sowing: opposed to sowed in drills or rows.
  • Widely spread or diffused.
  • n. In agriculture, a method of sowing in which the seed is thrown from the hand in handfuls.
  • By scattering or throwing at large from the hand: as, to sow broadcast.
  • So as to disseminate widely; in wide dissemination.
  • To sow broadcast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. message that is transmitted by radio or television
  • v. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
  • v. sow over a wide area, especially by hand
  • n. a radio or television show
  • v. cause to become widely known


broad + cast (Wiktionary)



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