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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for short wave
Historical Examples
  • For a time he listened on short wave lengths for his friend, the Whisperer.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • Mitch Laskell switched off the short wave set and muttered an oath.

    Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
  • They'd just got back when we got short wave orders for everybody to get out.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • 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
  • He went up to the short wave set which looked much like an ordinary telephone, but was connected to a box with dials and switches.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There was a miniature pocket radio—a transistor radio—on top of the short wave cabinet.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Apparently they'd examined and repaired the short wave communicator from the helicopter they'd knocked down.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It is possible to use a short wave receiver to pick up the ignition sparks of a car.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • While I was talking to you your suspicion was reported on short wave by the Wild Life driver.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • With these words he took leave of Miriam and her husband by a short wave of the hand, and vanished in the darkness of the night.

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
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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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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