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

  • adj. Having a wavelength of approximately 10 to 200 meters.
  • adj. Capable of receiving or transmitting at wavelengths of approximately 10 to 200 meters: a shortwave radio.

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  • adj. Having a wavelength of approximately 10 to 200 meters
  • adj. Capable of transmitting or receiving signals at such a wavelength.
  • n. Any shortwave frequency, having a wavelength between approximately 10 and 200 meters
  • n. Any wave in the shortwave frequency band


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short +‎ wave


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