television

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noun, often attributive tele·vi·sion \ ˈte-lə-ˌvi-zhən , especially British ˌte-lə-ˈ \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of television

1 :an electronic system of transmitting transient images of fixed or moving objects together with sound over a wire or through space by apparatus that converts light and sound into electrical waves and reconverts them into visible light rays and audible sound
2 :a television receiving set
3 a :the television broadcasting industry
b :television as a medium of communication

Examples of television in a Sentence

  1. people who turn on the television the minute they walk in the door

Recent Examples of television from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of television

French télévision, from télé- tele- + vision vision

television Synonyms

Synonyms
boob tube, box, idiot box, telly [chiefly British], tube, TV
Related Words
LCD, plasma; home theater, home video

Other Broadcasting Terms



TELEVISION Defined for English Language Learners

television

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Definition of television for English Language Learners

  • : an electronic system of sending images and sounds by a wire or through space

  • : a piece of equipment with a screen that receives images and sounds sent by television

  • : programs that are broadcast by television


TELEVISION Defined for Kids

television

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noun tele·vi·sion \ ˈte-lə-ˌvi-zhən \

Definition of television for Students

1 :an electronic system of sending images and sound over a wire or through space by devices that change light and sound into electrical signals and then change these back into light and sound
2 :a piece of equipment with a screen and speakers that reproduces images and sound
3 :programs that are broadcast by television


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