shortwave

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 By the morning of the 5th, Duluth was virtually isolated from the outside world except for shortwave radio. Star Tribune, "Warm Weather Continues - Watching The Thunder Threat Next Week," 3 Mar. 2021 Rupert developed a facility with technology as a boy taking apart and repairing shortwave radios. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Rupert Neve, the father of modern studio recording, dies at 94," 19 Feb. 2021 Cooper used not only his book, but also in-person lectures, mail-order cassette tapes and a show on shortwave radio to share his understanding of a master plan to destroy the world. AZCentral.com, "How William Cooper and his book ‘Behold a Pale Horse’ planted seeds of QAnon conspiracy theory," 1 Oct. 2020 The shortwave show, not so much, said Nolan Udall, who met Cooper when he was hired as a handyman to patch his roof and fix his water heater. AZCentral.com, "How William Cooper and his book ‘Behold a Pale Horse’ planted seeds of QAnon conspiracy theory," 1 Oct. 2020 Despite the best efforts of the North Korean dictatorship, news gets into that country, via shortwave radio and other means. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Up from North Korea," 4 May 2020 So are television signals, shortwave radio, AM, FM and satellite radio, and even the light from the sun and household light fixtures. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "The great 5G coronavirus conspiracy," 20 Apr. 2020 But on that December Saturday, Clinton listened to the game via shortwave radio with a group of American friends. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "50 years ago, the Big Shootout between Arkansas and Texas lived up to billing," 6 Dec. 2019 The service beams its Uighur-language reports for two hours each day via shortwave radio and satellite. The Economist, "To suppress news of Xinjiang’s gulag, China threatens Uighurs abroad," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of shortwave

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shortwave was in 1907

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12 Mar 2021

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“Shortwave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shortwave. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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shortwave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shortwave

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

shortwave

noun
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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