noun \an-ˈte-nə\

: a thin sensitive organ on the head of an insect, crab, etc., that is used mainly to feel and touch things

: a device (such as a wire or a metal rod) for sending or receiving radio or television signals

plural an·ten·nae\-(ˌ)nē\ or an·ten·nas

Full Definition of ANTENNA

plural an·ten·nae :  one of a pair of slender movable segmented sensory organs on the head of insects, myriapods, and crustaceans — see insect illustration
:  a usually metallic device (as a rod or wire) for radiating or receiving radio waves
antennae plural :  a special sensitivity or receptiveness <his political antennae proved to be shrewder than ever — Erich Segal>
an·ten·nal \-ˈte-nəl\ adjective

Origin of ANTENNA

Medieval Latin, from Latin, sail yard
First Known Use: 1646

Other Telecommunications Terms

Ethernet, intercept

Rhymes with ANTENNA


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