Definitions

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

  • n. The transmission of dynamic or sometimes static images, generally with accompanying sound, via electric or electromagnetic signals.
  • n. An electronic apparatus that receives such signals, reproducing the images on a screen, and typically reproducing accompanying sound signals on speakers.
  • n. The visual and audio content of such signals.
  • n. The industry of producing and broadcasting television programs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound.
  • n. A device for receiving television signals and displaying them in visual form.
  • n. Collectively, the programs broadcast via the medium of television.
  • v. To watch television.

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

  • n. a telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points
  • n. broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects
  • n. an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen

Etymologies

French télévision : télé-, far (from Greek tēle-, tele-) + vision, vision; see vision.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French télévision. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The latest evidence: For the first time in two decades, the number of U.S. homes with televisions has declined, and Nielsen is now contemplating redefining the term "television households" to include online-only viewing as it grapples with the challenge of TV ratings in a digital world.

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  • I had one college professor say that a job in television is maybe a good second job.

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  • One of the things I like about being a filmmaker and working on “Aqua Teen,” or in television, is that a lot of people think that doing what I do is totally unattainable.

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  • "I think the representation of reality in television is a very important thing to look at," he said.

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  • Furthermore, when the monopoly of the CBC in television is made competitive, then applicants for the rich privilege of entering the television field will be minutely scrutinized concerning their reputations, their financial responsibility, their record of achievement in other creative activities, and their plans for future programs.

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  • Perhaps the most curious example of that is the word "television" -- where the Greek word "tele" (meaning "afar") is combined with the Latin word "videre" (to see).

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  • Just sitting in front of the television is a way of avoiding conversation; parents do that with their kids all the time.

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  • Today's announcement comes 50 years after Minow delivered his often-quoted speech in which he called television "a vast wasteland."

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  • Feeds are a combination of what we call television and the Internet—everything from personal sites to the official government news services.

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  • On the television is a scientist who tells us (in a wonderfully deep and scratchy voice) what horrors await us when the resonator is turned on.

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  • "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
    - William Gibson, 'Neuromancer'.

    November 1, 2008

  • Invented in 1783 (not really).

    October 7, 2008

  • "Television? No good will come of this device. The word is half Greek and half Latin."
    - C.P. Scott.

    February 1, 2008

  • "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
    - Groucho Marx.

    December 24, 2007

  • What if when you watch television you're really watching the back of your own head? Man! Just look at that gross, unpopped, engorged pimple!

    August 16, 2007