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television

[tel-uh-vizh-uh n]
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noun
  1. the transmission of programming, in the form of still or moving images, via radio waves, cable wires, satellite, or wireless network to a receiver or other screen.
  2. the process or product involved: to watch television.
  3. an electronic device or set for receiving television broadcasts or similar programming.
  4. the field of television broadcasting, or similar transmission of programming.
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Origin of television

First recorded in 1905–10; tele-1 + vision
Also called TV.
Related formstel·e·vi·sion·al [tel-uh-vizh-uh-nl] /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ ə nl/, adjectivetel·e·vi·sion·al·ly, adverbtel·e·vi·sion·ar·y [tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee] /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/, adjectivepre·tel·e·vi·sion, adjective
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television

noun
  1. the system or process of producing on a distant screen a series of transient visible images, usually with an accompanying sound signal. Electrical signals, converted from optical images by a camera tube, are transmitted by UHF or VHF radio waves or by cable and reconverted into optical images by means of a television tube inside a television set
  2. Also called: television set a device designed to receive and convert incoming electrical signals into a series of visible images on a screen together with accompanying sound
  3. the content, etc, of television programmes
  4. the occupation or profession concerned with any aspect of the broadcasting of television programmeshe's in television
  5. (modifier) of, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of video and audio UHF or VHF radio signalsa television transmitter
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Abbreviation: TV
Derived Formstelevisional, adjectivetelevisionally, adverbtelevisionary, adjective

Word Origin

C20: from tele- + vision
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Word Origin and History for television

n.

1907, "the action of seeing by means of Hertzian waves or otherwise, what is existing or happening at a place concealed or distant from the observer's eyes" [OED]; in theoretical discussions about sending images by radio transmission, formed in English or borrowed from French télévision, from tele- + vision. Other proposals for the name of this then-hypothetical technology were telephote (1880) and televista (1904). The technology was developed in the 1920s and '30s. Nativized in German as Fernsehen.

Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. [Clive Barnes, "New York Times," Dec. 30, 1969]

Meaning "a television set" is from 1955. Shortened form TV is from 1948.

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