radio wave


Definition of radio wave

: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

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Legere claimed that Verizon lacked a plan to expand 5G beyond big cities since the carrier appeared to be relying entirely on millimeter wave, a type of radio wave that can deliver very fast speeds but only over short distances. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Verizon says it has a secret 5G plan after T-Mobile CEO calls company ‘clueless’," 29 July 2019 In analog chips, simpler components that convert things such as sound and radio waves into digital signals, the U.S. owns 65% of the market. Jenny Leonard And Ian King,, "How U.S. chipmakers pressed Trump to ease China's Huawei ban," 2 July 2019 While similar in operation to radar, LiDAR relies upon pulses of infrared light rather than the radio waves upon which radar depends. Lyndon Conrad Bell, Houston Chronicle, "Audi Autonomous Driving partners with Silicon Valley," 20 July 2019 The body of his report detailed how the radio waves could sow brain cancer, a terrifying disease that kills most of its victims. William J. Broad, New York Times, "The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t," 16 July 2019 The telescope can detect very faint radio waves given off by fine dust. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "First Moon-Forming Disk Detected Swirling Around an Exoplanet," 15 July 2019 In another new study, researchers again examined radio data from Juno, which passes up to nearly 50 times closer to Jupiter than Voyager 1 did, potentially allowing it to detect more radio waves. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Surprise! Jupiter’s Lightning Looks a Lot Like Earth’s," 7 June 2018 Fast radio bursts are powerful and mysterious millisecond bursts of radio waves. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fast radio burst came from galaxy 7.9 billion light-years away," 2 July 2019 The critical frequency at which this transition happens will change in response to a passing radio wave, so the light from that second laser beam will flicker in response. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We’re one step closer to atomic radio," 21 June 2019

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of radio wave

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

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Kids Definition of radio wave

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

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Medical Definition of radio wave

: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

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