plural noun

air·​waves ˈer-ˌwāvz How to pronounce airwaves (audio)
: the medium of radio and television transmission
not used technically

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The book is filled with lurid and deeply personal disclosures about the royal family that dominated newspaper front pages and the airwaves in Britain on Friday. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 6 Jan. 2023 In addition to dominating the airwaves in the U.K., the funeral will also be available for viewers in the U.S. to watch live on CNN, ABC, BBC America, PBS (as well as the PBS app and, NBC, and Fox News. Jessica Wang,, 16 Sep. 2022 He's got millions of dollars coming in to swamp the airwaves in Ohio and to lie to the people of Ohio. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 14 Sep. 2022 While the Kremlin controls the television airwaves in Russia and has blocked access to Instagram and Facebook, Telegram remains freely accessible and is filled with posts and videos from supporters and opponents of the war alike. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2022 Republicans are urging Senate candidate J.D. Vance to step up his campaigning and fundraising as Rep. Tim Ryan (D) floods the airwaves in Ohio. Grayson Quay, The Week, 24 July 2022 The same Romney comparison is being blasted over the airwaves in the final days via an attack ad from the conservative super PAC Club for Growth, which is backing Mandel in the race. cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore on Wednesday released cable and broadcast TV ads, the first candidate in the crowded primary to make a pitch to voters over the airwaves in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. region. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 The nominations come just weeks after the Golden Globes returned to the airwaves. Saba Hamedy, NBC News, 24 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airwaves was in 1900

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“Airwaves.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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