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 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 Around the same time, shortwave radio allowed Americans to hear broadcasts from overseas, and some noticed that stations in other countries concluded their programs by playing their anthems, Clague said. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "Local TV Revives a Bygone Tradition: Airing the National Anthem," 24 Oct. 2019 In an interview with CNN Business, Angus said most people in the region don't normally use shortwave to listen to their programs. Hadas Gold, CNN, "BBC is increasing its shortwave radio shows to get past the news lockdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir," 16 Aug. 2019 Most incoming shortwave radiation from the sun passes through the atmosphere without being absorbed. Jason West, The Conversation, "Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate," 13 Sep. 2019 Newsrooms were later stocked with shortwave radio sets to speed up reporting of far-off events, according to a company history. Rachel Siegel, BostonGlobe.com, "Gannett merger marks shift for troubled American newspaper giant," 5 Aug. 2019 In that remote location, most news came to us by shortwave radio. orlandosentinel.com, "Letters: Readers share memories of historic 1969 moon landing," 20 July 2019 Fronts or shortwave systems often provide the lift to set off bigger batches of storms. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Isolated strong storms possible every day through Thursday for parts of Alabama," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of shortwave

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shortwave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shortwave. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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shortwave

noun
How to pronounce shortwave (audio)

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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