radio wave

noun

Definition of radio wave 

: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

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This makes them especially sensitive to passing electric fields, like the alternating fields of radio waves. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio," 19 Sep. 2018 This high-speed Wi-Fi is based on millimeter wave radio waves in the 60GHz range. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Qualcomm’s new Wi-Fi chips are meant to rival 5G speeds," 16 Oct. 2018 That’s why Verizon is pushing residential service first, while AT&T is building a more traditional cellular network for people on the go, using radio waves at the lower end. Mae Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?," 1 Oct. 2018 An antenna is typically a collection of metal rods that pick up passing radio waves and convert their energy into an electrical current, which is then amplified. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio," 19 Sep. 2018 One of the other design changes Apple made this time was to make the entire back of the Watch out of materials that allow radio waves to pass through, to improve cellular reception. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried the Apple Watch Series 4 for a Week—Here’s What I Loved About It," 19 Sep. 2018 Other observatories saw flares of X-rays, radio waves and visible light. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Other observatories saw flares of X-rays, radio waves and visible light. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 After the pleasure and play is done, all that will remain are radio waves, and an eternal Johnny Cash striding through a disco at Armageddon. Jonathan Bradley, Billboard, "Dream Up the World You're Gonna Live In: How U2's 'Zooropa' Got the Future Wrong, 25 Years Later," 5 July 2018

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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

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 \

Medical Definition of radio wave 

: an electromagnetic wave with radio frequency

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