- a conductor by which electromagnetic waves are sent out or received, consisting commonly of a wire or set of wires; aerial.
- Zoology. one of the jointed, movable, sensory appendages occurring in pairs on the heads of insects and most other arthropods.
Origin of antenna
Examples from the Web for antennas
Says antennas are for civilian use only, to help Russian tourists find malls with Disney stores.P.J. O’Rourke on Foreign Policy and France, Hold the Swiss
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January 17, 2014
Molex specializes in little-noticed but vital devices like connectors, antennas, and switches.Get Ready to Support the Kochs, Liberal Apple Fans
September 10, 2013
And, when we need them, the copper cables can be used as antennas.
The antennas of the sexes do not always agree in the number of joints.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
I got out my camera and took as many pictures as I could of the van and its antennas.Little Brother
Those old steel rails themselves act as antennas for the broadcaster, and the rat's tail is the pickup antenna.
No, we had to tie it on top, it was too big to take inside with the antennas sticking out.We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly
- plural -nae (-naɪ) one of a pair of mobile appendages on the heads of insects, crustaceans, etc, that are often whiplike and respond to touch and taste but may be specialized for swimming or attachment
- plural -nas another name for aerial (def. 7)
Word Origin and History for antennas
1640s, "feeler or horn of an insect," from Latin antenna "sail yard," the long yard that sticks up on some sails, of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *temp- "to stretch, extend." In the etymological sense, it is a loan-translation of Aristotle's Greek keraiai "horns" (of insects). Modern use in radio, etc., for "aerial wire" is from 1902. Adjectival forms are antennal (1834), antennary (1836), antennular (1858).
- One of a pair of long, slender, segmented appendages on the heads of insects, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans. Most antennae are organs of touch, but some are sensitive to odors and other stimuli.
- A metallic device for sending or receiving electromagnetic waves, such as radio waves. Some antennas can send waves in or receive waves from all directions; others are designed to work only in a range of directions.