noun, often attributive
tele·vi·sion | \ ˈte-lə-ˌvi-zhən , especially British ˌte-lə-ˈ \

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

3a : the television broadcasting industry

b : television as a medium of communication

Examples of television in a Sentence

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

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Some of my top resources for new recipes are the Food Network, Allergic Living magazine, and Simply Ming, which is the website of chef and television host Ming Tsai. Kendra Chanae Chapman, SELF, "7 Things People With Food Allergies Have to Deal With Every Day," 10 July 2018 And perhaps even more so on television, a medium in which your audience can see what’s going on. Nick Canepa,, "Grant and Orsillo offer welcome frivolity in Padres’ TV booth," 14 July 2018 Unlike network and public television, which have a lot of free streaming content, these are paid services with vast catalogs, original programs, and curated lists and recommendations. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 In response, the air-conditioning industry says cooling chemicals constitute a small fraction of the cost of new equipment and that, like with flat-screen televisions, that expense is falling over time. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 The City of Hapeville invites television, music, and film productions to pursue opportunities provided by its artfully historical city, according to a press release. Pamela Miller, ajc, "Hapeville declares it’s camera ready," 12 July 2018 Trump's latest action will hit consumer products, such as televisions, clothing, bedsheets and air conditioners, which were spared from the first import levies Friday. Danielle Paquette,, "U.S. proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports," 11 July 2018 Oak Forest BURGLARY: Police said a man broke into Oak Forest Bowl, 15240 Cicero Ave., and stole two televisions, four bottles of alcohol and damaged a third T.V. June 19. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Southland police blotter," 10 July 2018 When Hollyhock Hill opened in 1928, television, sliced white bread and air-conditioning in offices were brand new. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hollyhock Hill restaurant is selling fried chicken dinners for $1.50," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of television

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for television

French télévision, from télé- tele- + vision vision

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English Language Learners Definition of television

: 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


tele·vi·sion | \ ˈte-lə-ˌvi-zhən \

Kids Definition of television

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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