base station


Definition of base station

: a transmitter that relays a wireless signal (as from a telephone line or Internet connection) to a smaller handheld device usually using radio frequencies Cordless telephones come in two parts, a base station and a handset, that communicate by radio waves.— Peter Kerr, New York Times, 12 Feb. 1983 The tablet, which weighs less than 3 pounds, ranges 150 feet from its base station and receives data at speeds of 1.5 megabytes per second with DSL or broadband cable service.Popular Science, January 2001

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Base station.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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