plural noun
air·​waves | \ ˈer-ˌwāvz How to pronounce airwaves (audio) \

Definition of airwaves

: the medium of radio and television transmission not used technically

Examples of airwaves in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tim Trombley said Wednesday that his mother’s open music sensibility helped create a special time on the airwaves. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 After taking a one-week pause for the open date, the Hey Coach Show with Nick Saban show is back on the airwaves. Michael Casagrande |, al, 4 Nov. 2021 Verizon spent $45 billion on the airwaves in question, and AT&T devoted $23 billion in an FCC auction. Scott Moritz, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2021 But as rock ‘n’ roll took over the airwaves, Capitol Records failed to adapt. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Many carriers shut down their 2G networks over the years to free up airwaves for 4G networks. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2021 Carey is set to dominate the holiday airwaves once more with the upcoming season. Michele Amabile Angermiller, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021 During the campaign, Mr. Youngkin blanketed the airwaves with ads attacking his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The View and The Talk — have cluttered the airwaves. Marc Berman, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of airwaves

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Airwaves.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of airwaves

: the signals used to broadcast radio and television programs

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