cable television

noun
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of cable television

:a system of television reception in which signals from distant stations are picked up by a master antenna and sent by cable to the individual receivers of paying subscribers called also cable TV

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First Known Use of cable television

1951


CABLE TELEVISION Defined for English Language Learners

cable television

noun

Definition of cable television for English Language Learners

  • : a system in which television signals are sent through cables rather than through the air


CABLE TELEVISION Defined for Kids

cable television

noun

Definition of cable television for Students

:a television system in which paying customers receive the television signals over electrical wires

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