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often attributive
: a broadcasting system using frequency modulation
also : a radio receiver of such a system


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field manual

Examples of fm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Since then, the ballclub and the stadium district have responded to FM Global's concerns by doing such things as providing proof of backflow prevention gates on storm sewer lines; installing an additional backflow gate, and providing a detailed flood risk analysis for the loading docks. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2024 That year was when Conrad, who was working for MIX 106.1 FM, was first offered to join the Knights as a PA announcer on a part-time basis. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 3 Apr. 2024 Radio For the seventh year in a row, all games will be broadcast on the Padres’ flagship radio station 97.3 FM. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2024 But the New York City native found his voice and career in California, starting out as an afternoon disc jockey at San Fernando FM station KVFM in 1969. Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 Included in the union effort are employees of KCUR, the National Public Radio affiliate carried on 89.3 FM, and station partners Classical KC, Harvest Public Media, Kansas News Service and the Midwest Newsroom. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 26 Mar. 2024 The latest round brings Pocket FM’s total funding to date to $196.5 million. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 21 Mar. 2024 Photo : Barrett-Jackson The cockpit includes ice-cold Vintage Air and an equally cool AM/FM Bluetooth stereo. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2024 Launched in 2018, Pocket FM focuses on producing original and unique audio series across multiple genres including romance, horror, thriller and drama. Todd Spangler, Variety, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History



frequency modulation

First Known Use


1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fm was in 1940

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“Fm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a system of broadcasting using frequency modulation
also : a receiver of radio waves broadcast by such a system
FM adjective

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