- noting or pertaining to a method of changing the frequency of an incoming radio signal by adding it to a signal generated within the receiver to produce fluctuations or beats of a frequency equal to the difference between the two signals.
- to produce a heterodyne effect.
- to mix (a frequency) with a different frequency so as to achieve a heterodyne effect.
Origin of heterodyne
1905–10; hetero- + -dyne < Greek dýnamis power
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Examples from the Web for heterodyne
In this case, a heterodyne frequency of a lower, and harmless frequency.The Ultimate Weapon
John Wood Campbell
In using either of these heterodyne receivers be sure to carefully adjust the B battery by means of the potentiometer.The Radio Amateur's Hand Book
A. Frederick Collins
This method of receiving continuous wave signals is called the “heterodyne” method.Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son
- electronics to combine by intermodulation (two alternating signals, esp radio signals) to produce two signals having frequencies corresponding to the sum and the difference of the original frequenciesSee also superheterodyne receiver
- produced by, operating by, or involved in heterodyning two signals
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