radio wave

noun

Definition of radio wave

: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

Examples of radio wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this particular case, researchers compiled the radio wave data collected from each antenna to estimate the location of each black hole. Erin Fennessy, Popular Science, "Check out the most extensive map of black holes ever," 26 Feb. 2021 In 2019, Murphy worked on an unrelated investigation of the radio wave aftermath of the merging of two neutron stars. Max G. Levy, Wired, "Twinkling Black Holes Reveal an Invisible Cloud in Our Galaxy," 24 Feb. 2021 As a radio wave travels across space, its frequency decreases, and so does its energy. Erin Fennessy, Popular Science, "Check out the most extensive map of black holes ever," 26 Feb. 2021 Others are concerned Starlink will make radio wave science unworkable. Asa Stahl, Chron, "You won't be able to see stars in the night sky, thanks to this SpaceX project," 23 Feb. 2021 Humanity has been capable of communicating with other planets, via radio wave, for only the past hundred years or so. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens?," 18 Jan. 2021 Scientists looking for proof of extraterrestrial life are investigating a radio wave emission coming from the nearest star to our solar system. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Astronomers investigating whether radio beam from neighboring star is proof of alien life," 18 Dec. 2020 The signal for phosphine is a radio wave with a wavelength of 1.123 mm. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet," 26 Sep. 2020 Then what makes a radio wave different than a visible light wave? Rhett Allain, Wired, "Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of radio wave

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 11 Apr. 2021.

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radio wave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of radio wave

: an electromagnetic wave that is used for sending signals through the air without using wires

radio wave

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Kids Definition of radio wave

: an electromagnetic wave used in radio, television, or radar communication

radio wave

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ra·​dio wave | \ ˈrād-ē-ō-ˌwāv How to pronounce radio wave (audio) \

Medical Definition of radio wave

: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

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