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.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dead air was circa 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Dead air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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