noun, often attributive
short·​wave | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌwāv \

Definition of shortwave

1 : a radio wave having a wavelength between 10 and 100 meters
2 : a radio transmitter or receiver using shortwaves
3 : electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength equal to or less than that of visible light

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But here’s an excerpt: Examiners can find prints using shortwave ultraviolet light, fluorescent dyes, and a ridiculous tool that vaporizes superglue. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 DigitalGlobe released the color, near-infrared and shortwave infrared resolution imagery via tweet the following day, June 4. Doris Elin Salazar,, "See Lava Flows from Hawaii's Kilauea Change Paths in New Satellite Photos," 12 June 2018 The 11-minute shortwave radio conversation with Tingle — orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station — was the biggest thing to hit Parkside Intermediate School in some time. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Orbiting astronaut talks life in space with San Bruno students via ham radio," 7 Mar. 2018 Spokesman Mahajan said RFA’s programming for Myanmar would remain available on its website, on Facebook and YouTube and on shortwave radio, and its reporters will continue to work in the country. Washington Post, "US broadcaster loses Myanmar outlet over Rohingya name," 11 June 2018 Sirhan also dabbled in shortwave radio and had a set in his room at home. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "The assassination of Bobby Kennedy: Was Sirhan Sirhan hypnotized to be the fall guy?," 4 June 2018 Such a shortwave trough will be crossing the Mid-Atlantic region this afternoon, moving east from the Great Lakes. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Severe thunderstorm watch: Storms approaching D.C.’s southern suburbs," 10 May 2018 Neither my grandparents’ pleas nor the dire warnings streaming from Radio Free Europe and Voice of America via our shortwave could sway him. Margarita Gokun Silver, Longreads, "The Forever Nomad," 30 Apr. 2018 Luckert noted that Americans and other nationalities sympathetic to Nazis were hired to broadcast Nazi propaganda on German shortwave radio that was transmitted to the world. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Holocaust-themed events in Palm Beach, Broward counties feature survivors," 22 Mar. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shortwave

: a radio wave with a wavelength between 10 and 100 meters
: a radio or receiver that uses shortwaves


short·​wave | \ ˈshȯrt-ˈwāv \

Medical Definition of shortwave

1 : a radio wave having a wavelength between 10 and 100 meters
2 : electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength equal to or less than that of visible light

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