citizens band


: a range of radio-wave frequencies that in the U.S. is allocated officially for private radio communications

Examples of citizens band in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the latter half of the 1970s, demand began waning for the citizens band radio, its top-selling item, and the company needed a new hit product. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Dec. 2018 The song helped popularize the lingo that truck drivers used over their citizens band, or CB, radios and is almost incomprehensible without a glossary of CB terms. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2022 The song helped popularize the lingo that truck drivers used over their citizens band radios. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 3 Apr. 2022 In 2009, Brazilian Federal Police arrested 39 suspects on suspicion of hijacking US Navy satellites using high-powered antennas and other ad hoc gear for their own CB (citizens band) short-distance radio communications. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 Judy relaunches a legendary secret society called Saved by the Spells; Honeybee and Wolf have a surprising week; Moon makes a new friend on his citizens band radio. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2022 When the government fails to take decisive action to contain the ensuing oil spill, citizens band together, making homemade booms around the clock to soak up the toxic mess. Longreads, 23 July 2021 In contrast, the Italian regions that formed city-states in that era, where citizens banded together for commerce and self-defence, are now unusually rich and well-run. The Economist, 23 Nov. 2019 That was individual citizens banding together to affect change in the world, and that is an example to us in the age of Trump. Tim Stack,, 18 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of citizens band was in 1947

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“Citizens band.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

citizens band

: a range of radio frequencies set aside for private radio communications
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