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[shawrt-weyv] /ˈʃɔrtˈweɪv/
Electricity. a radio wave, shorter than that used in AM broadcasting, corresponding to frequencies of over 1600 kilohertz: used for long-distance reception or transmission.
Physics. a wave of electromagnetic radiation equal in length to, or shorter than, the wavelength of visible light.
of, relating to, or using shortwaves.
verb (used with or without object), shortwaved, shortwaving.
to transmit by shortwaves.
Origin of shortwave
First recorded in 1900-05; short + wave Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He tuned his short wave set to the Miami station just in time to hear the eight o'clock news.

    Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
  • For a time he listened on short wave lengths for his friend, the Whisperer.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • The greater the proportion of energy of short wave lengths the higher is the temperature of the radiating body.

    A Text-Book of Astronomy George C. Comstock
  • Mitch Laskell switched off the short wave set and muttered an oath.

    Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
  • short wave to Europe is a mystery to the average citizen; he does not pick it up, and would be only mildly interested if he did.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • There was the mast for the short wave set by which the camp had kept in touch with the outer world.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • This is the reason why short wave lengths will not carry as far as long wave lengths.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book A. Frederick Collins
  • Apparently they'd examined and repaired the short wave communicator from the helicopter they'd knocked down.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The little sets operated essentially on a line of sight because of the short wave length used.

  • It is possible to use a short wave receiver to pick up the ignition sparks of a car.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for short wave

short wave

  1. a radio wave with a wavelength in the range 10–100 metres
  2. (as modifier): a short-wave broadcast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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short wave in Science
A radio wave with a frequency between 5.9 megahertz and 26.1 megahertz. Shortwaves broadcast from the Earth's surface are reflected by the upper atmosphere and can travel great distances around the planet. The shortwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum is used for amateur radio communications.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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