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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
  • There were taxi fleets to be equipped with short-wave radio.

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  • There was no movement ashore, though Nick had talked with the island on short-wave.

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  • Nick abandoned his job and went below to the short-wave set.

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  • It wasn't a scientific guy talking, just the short-wave operator.

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  • If they were keeping in touch with some of their own people by short-wave—of course they would speak English!

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  • Suddenly the short-wave alarm in Gerry's helmet buzzed loudly.

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  • There was a two-way, short-wave radio set built into his helmet.

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  • The short-wave operator came running to the wharf, waving a written message.

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  • Less than ten minutes later the short-wave radio informed the island that the shooting star had been seen to fall in the sea.

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  • Telephone calls were being made to here and there and everywhere to get Horta to a short-wave station to take a call from Terry.

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Word Origin and History for short-wave

in reference to radio wavelength less than c.100 meters, 1907, from short (adj.) + wave (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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