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[rey-dee-oh] /ˈreɪ diˌoʊ/
noun, plural radios.
wireless telegraphy or telephony:
speeches broadcast by radio.
an apparatus for receiving or transmitting radio broadcasts.
a message transmitted by radio.
pertaining to, used in, or sent by radio.
pertaining to or employing radiations, as of electrical energy.
verb (used with object), radioed, radioing.
to transmit (a message, music, etc.) by radio.
to send a message to (a person) by radio.
verb (used without object), radioed, radioing.
to transmit a message, music, etc., by radio.
Origin of radio
1910-15; shortening of radiotelegraph or radiotelegraphy
Related forms
preradio, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was then he had radioed Inspector Burton aboard the Bear, and caused the latter to return.

  • Then he got a code message by radio, calling him back, and he radioed this Sub Chaser to pick him up.

  • He might have towed her to port as a derelict, but he radioed for advice and I told him to leave her.

  • Perhaps they sighted our task force and radioed word to their base before you put the lot of them out of commission.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Disappointed, Tom surfaced and radioed his father for news, after cutting in the automatic scrambling device.

  • We radioed Puerto Rico patrol base and gave them the U-boat's position.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • And so you took the job of factor and radioed for an assistant, and when the assistant came he disappeared.

  • This was radioed back to the MT and the translation shot back to a speaker in my jaws.

    The Repairman Harry Harrison
  • Crawford and Abe Baker had radioed ahead and accommodations were ready for them.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for radioed


noun (pl) -os
the use of electromagnetic waves, lying in the radio-frequency range, for broadcasting, two-way communications, etc
Also called (esp Brit) wireless. an electronic device designed to receive, demodulate, and amplify radio signals from sound broadcasting stations, etc
a similar device permitting both transmission and reception of radio signals for two-way communications
the broadcasting, content, etc, of sound radio programmes: he thinks radio is poor these days
  1. the occupation or profession concerned with any aspect of the broadcasting of sound radio programmes: he's in radio
  2. (modifier) relating to, produced for, or transmitted by sound radio: radio drama
  1. of, relating to, employed in, or sent by radio signals: a radio station
  2. of, concerned with, using, or operated by radio frequencies: radio spectrum
(modifier) (of a motor vehicle) equipped with a radio for communication: radio car
verb -os, -oing, -oed
to transmit (a message) to (a person, radio station, etc) by means of radio waves
Word Origin
C20: short for radiotelegraphy
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Word Origin and History for radioed



"wireless transmission of voice signals with radio waves," 1907, abstracted from earlier combinations such as radio-receiver (1903), radiophone (1881), radio-telegraphy (1898), from radio- as a comb. form of Latin radius "beam." Use for "radio receiver" is first attested 1913; sense of "sound broadcasting as a medium" is from 1913.

It is not a dream, but a probability that the radio will demolish blocs, cut the strings of red tape, actuate the voice "back home," dismantle politics and entrench the nation's executive in a position of power unlike that within the grasp of any executive in the world's history. ["The Reading Eagle," Reading, Pa., U.S.A., March 16, 1924]
Wireless remained more widespread until World War II, when military preference for radio turned the tables. As an adjective by 1912, "by radio transmission;" meaning "controlled by radio" from 1974. Radio _______ "radio station or service from _______" is recorded from 1920. A radio shack (1946) was a small building housing radio equipment.


1916, from radio (n.). Related: Radioed; radioing.



1916, from radio (n.). Related: Radioed; radioing.

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radioed in Science
Noun  The equipment used to generate, alter, transmit, and receive radio waves so that they carry information.

Adjective  Relating to or involving the emission of radio waves.
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