air·​wave | \ ˈer-ˌwāv How to pronounce airwave (audio) \

Definition of airwave

: of, created for, or heard on the airwaves

Examples of airwave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since 1994, the FCC has raised more than $207.5 billion in airwave auctions. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 So Vestberg had to spend big at the most recent government auction of airwave licenses. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 3 May 2021 Verizon spent more than $45 billion and AT&T spent $23 billion at a recent government auction of airwave licenses similarly well suited for 5G, though the spectrum won't be available for about a year or more. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2021 Ergen's company has held some airwave licenses for years without building a network. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2021 The service runs in the 600 MHz airwave band, which was formerly used for television broadcasts. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of airwave

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Airwave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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air·​wave | \ ˈer-ˌwāv How to pronounce airwave (audio) \

Kids Definition of airwave

: the radio waves used to broadcast radio and television programs usually used in pl.


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