[ tel-uh-vizh-uhn ]
See synonyms for: televisiontelevisions on

  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.

  1. an electronic device or set for receiving television broadcasts or similar programming.

  2. the field of television broadcasting, or similar transmission of programming.

Origin of television

First recorded in 1905–10; tele-1 + vision
  • Also called TV [tee-vee, tee-] /ˈtiˈvi, ˌti-/ .

Other words from television

  • tel·e·vi·sion·al [tel-uh-vizh-uh-nl], /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ ə nl/, adjective
  • tel·e·vi·sion·al·ly, adverb
  • tel·e·vi·sion·ar·y [tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee], /ˌtɛl əˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/, adjective
  • pre·tel·e·vi·sion, adjective

Words Nearby television Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use television in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for television


/ (ˈtɛlɪˌvɪʒən) /

  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

  1. the content, etc, of television programmes

  2. the occupation or profession concerned with any aspect of the broadcasting of television programmes: he's in television

  3. (modifier) of, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of video and audio UHF or VHF radio signals: a television transmitter

Origin of television

C20: from tele- + vision
  • Abbreviation: TV

Derived forms of television

  • televisional, adjective
  • televisionally, adverb
  • televisionary, adjective

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