radio wave

noun

: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

Examples of radio wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the radio waves detect a target, energy is reflected back to the Doppler, according to the National Weather Service. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 Using waveguides, the army now had a way to transmit bursts of radio waves to detect objects at a distance, which is obviously useful in a war. Erica Huang, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024 For the last couple of years, astronomers have pondered the origins of massive rings of radio waves in space, called odd radio circles (ORCs), that encompass entire galaxies. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Jan. 2024 Maxwell correctly guessed that these waves were the stuff of visible light, and later researchers proved the same for the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum: gamma-rays, x-rays, ultraviolet, infrared, microwaves, and radio waves. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 Bands like Café Tacvba, Los Aterciopelados and Soda Estéreo flooded the radio waves while selling millions of records. Rodrigo Cervantes, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 Like light, radio waves coming from planets, stars, and globular clusters with changing magnetic fields travel through space. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 18 Jan. 2024 In turn, this ionization weakened radio waves coursing through the atmosphere. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 The much dimmer pulsar does still give off radio waves. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 6 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of radio wave was in 1915

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“Radio wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radio%20wave. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

radio wave

noun
: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

Medical Definition

radio wave

noun
ra·​dio wave ˈrād-ē-ō-ˌwāv How to pronounce radio wave (audio)
: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

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