[ tel-uh-vizh-uhn ]
/ ˈtɛl əˌvɪʒ ən /
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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.
the process or product involved: to watch television.
an electronic device or set for receiving television broadcasts or similar programming.
the field of television broadcasting, or similar transmission of programming.



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Also called TV [tee-vee, tee-] /ˈtiˈvi, ˌti-/ .

Origin of television

First recorded in 1905–10; tele-1 + vision
tel·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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British Dictionary definitions for television

/ (ˈtɛlɪˌvɪʒən) /


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
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
the content, etc, of television programmes
the occupation or profession concerned with any aspect of the broadcasting of television programmeshe's in television
(modifier) of, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of video and audio UHF or VHF radio signalsa television transmitter
Abbreviation: TV
televisional, adjectivetelevisionally, adverbtelevisionary, adjective
C20: from tele- + vision
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