noun, often attributive
short·​wave | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌwāv How to pronounce shortwave (audio) \

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

Examples of shortwave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apparently, a shortwave radio station that can be heard around the world has been broadcasting since the 1980s, and nobody knows who is running it — nor does anyone claim to own it. Lisa Bubert, Longreads, 15 June 2022 The National Weather Service says a plume of subtropical moisture has hitched a ride with a shortwave moving south from the Gulf of Alaska and will provide much of western Oregon with rain, sometimes heavy throughout the day. oregonlive, 5 May 2022 To distribute its news content, the BBC launched an account on TikTok in Russian and English and has been broadcasting over shortwave radio in Ukraine and parts of Russia to locals, said Mr. Burgess. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Breaking through Russia's digital Iron Curtain Inaugurated during the Cold War, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty pierced the Iron Curtain via shortwave radio, presenting news broadcasts to countries where freedom of the press was under assault. CBS News, 25 Mar. 2022 Kolpakov recalled how his parents, in Soviet times, listened to illicit broadcasts of Voice of America and the BBC over shortwave radio. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 The meandering whine of the supercharger sounds like there is a shortwave radio behind the seats. Dan Neil, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 However, with the approaching shortwave and its cooler air aloft, these layers could be eroded enough to not hamper storm intensity. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 On this day, the approach of a weak wave in the upper level flow (called a shortwave) along the Mason-Dixon Line helped trigger more widespread activity. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shortwave

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2022

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“Shortwave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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short·​wave | \ ˈshȯrt-ˈwāv How to pronounce shortwave (audio) \

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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