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

  • noun An electronic broadcast system in which special providers transmit a continuous program of video content to the public or subscribers by way of antenna, cable, or satellite dish, often on multiple channels.
  • noun Video content, especially short programs, created for or distributed through such a system.
  • noun An electronic device for viewing television programs and movies, consisting of a display screen and speakers.
  • noun The industry of producing and broadcasting television programs.

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

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

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

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


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

[French télévision : télé-, far (from Greek tēle-, tele–) + vision, vision; see vision.]

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Borrowing from French télévision.


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