noun, often attributive
tele·​vi·​sion | \ ˈte-lə-ˌvi-zhən How to pronounce television (audio) , especially British ˌte-lə-ˈvi- \

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
c : programming distributed over the Internet that is designed to be viewed in the same format as broadcast television A couple of couch companions watching TV on tablets might not see the same thing any more, even when watching the same shows. Ad personalization—routine for most of the Web—has come to streaming television.— Donna Howell The quarter was the 10th anniversary of Netflix's streaming service, which began with the vision that internet television would ultimately replace traditional television.— Emily Steel

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Examples of television in a Sentence

people who turn on the television the minute they walk in the door
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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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“Television.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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tele·​vi·​sion | \ ˈte-lə-ˌvi-zhən How to pronounce television (audio) \

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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