dead air


Definition of dead air

: a period of silence especially during a broadcast

Examples of dead air in a Sentence

After the commercial, there were a few seconds of dead air before the show continued.
Recent Examples on the Web The last thing family reunions want or need is dead air or awkward silence, so many are planned to the hilt. Richard Morgan, WSJ, 22 May 2021 And that’s what this cheap streaming plan is perfect for: filling dead air. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Trying to revisit events afterward, though, can require clicking through literally hours of static cameras and dead air. Jeva Lange, The Week, 8 Aug. 2021 Booth references popular movies, deflates tension with snarky jokes, and fills dead air with winking bloviation. David Sims, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2021 One key reason for all that dead air is agent skill gaps. Clara Shih, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 After several seconds of dead air, Sandusky went back to calling the game as normal. Andrew Joseph, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2021 Unfortunately, the mode features a lot of dead air with 45 seconds between rounds. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 22 Oct. 2021 Here's how to rethink your support model to get that dead air down to 0%. Clara Shih, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dead air

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Dead air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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