Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Electromagnetic radiation with lower frequencies and longer wavelengths than those of microwaves, having frequencies lower than 300 megahertz and wavelengths longer than 1 meter.
  • noun The transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves within this range, especially when convertible to audible sounds.
  • noun A device, such as a walkie-talkie, that transmits or receives such signals.
  • noun The system or industry that broadcasts programs of audio content to the public or subscribers by means of radio waves.
  • noun Audio content, especially short programs or sets of songs, created for or distributed through such a system.
  • noun An electronic device for listening to radio programming, consisting of a tuner and speakers.
  • intransitive verb To transmit by radio.
  • intransitive verb To transmit a message to by radio.
  • intransitive verb To transmit messages or a message by radio.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The technology that allows for the transmission of sound or other signals by modulation of electromagnetic waves.
  • noun countable A device that can capture (receive) the signal sent over radio waves and render the modulated signal as sound.
  • noun countable A device that can transmit radio signals.
  • noun Internet, uncountable The continuous broadcasting of sound recordings via the Internet in the style of traditional radio.
  • verb intransitive, transitive, transitive, intransitive To use two-way radio to transmit (a message) (to another radio or other radio operator).
  • verb transitive To order or assist (to a location), using telecommunications.

Etymologies

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

[Short for radiotelegraphy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin radius ("ray").

Examples

  • While the White House can count on the Right’s vertically integrated media machine – from cable TV to talk radio, from newspapers and magazines to book publishing and the Internet – the opposition has mostly scattered voices on the Internet and in fledgling “progressive talk radio” to make its case.

    Printing: Democracy's Battle Joined, Again

  • Why lah they must use the radio channel to boast which club they went to last night, how they dance lah, yadda yadda yadda bla bla bla. * turn off radio*

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • A: The only thing a contract's worth in radio is how much they're going to pay you when they fire you.

    Host

  • Payola in radio is illegal when a song is played due to a payment but that fact is not disclosed.

    Playola « BuzzMachine

  • A: The only thing a contract's worth in radio is how much they're going to pay you when they fire you.

    Host

  • I love the internet, but it's no more a book than a TV or the radio is a book (and weren't those supposed to replace books, too?).

    Would you trust these people with your kid?

  • Plus, the radio is another pound in the pack and, along with GPS and the locator beacon, one more electronic crutch that hunters can lean on to substitute for the sound legs of basic survival and navigational skills.

    The Pros & Cons of Survival Walkie Talkies

  • And there's no way that listening to a radio is as distracting as talking on a handheld cellphone.

    It's about time (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Writing about these stations makes me think about how much more passive the act of listening to the radio is these days.

    To All the Call Letters I’ve Loved Before : Scrubbles.net

  • Writing about these stations makes me think about how much more passive the act of listening to the radio is these days.

    2008 August : Scrubbles.net

Comments

New comments are temporarily disabled while we update our database.