Definition of airwaves in English:


plural noun

  • The radio frequencies used for broadcasting.

    ‘football pervades the airwaves’
    • ‘News and live programmes were significantly affected, but there were no blank screens or dead airwaves.’
    • ‘Youngsters at a Bingley school are to hit the airwaves again after buying the latest equipment for their own radio station.’
    • ‘A new radio station is ready to hit the airwaves in parts of East and South Mayo.’
    • ‘The songs I grew up with have faded away from the airwaves but not out of my mind.’
    • ‘It seems one of my election anecdotes graced the airwaves of Radio 4's Newsquiz yesterday.’
    • ‘The buyers are likely to be mobile phone companies wanting to use the airwaves for new gadgets such as video phones.’
    • ‘The intention of the Voices project is to give airtime to voices not usually heard on the BBC's airwaves.’
    • ‘Cable television from across the Atlantic has long dominated our airwaves.’
    • ‘Its hard drive can store 100 movies, and an antenna receives new films via broadcast airwaves.’
    • ‘Find yourself starting to turn off the radio when politicians hit the airwaves?’
    • ‘Her bubbly personality plus her perceptive understanding of local issues mean that Liz is a natural on the airwaves.’
    • ‘Cable operators could also see the new airwaves as a way to shore up their business models.’
    • ‘All a user has to do is download money from the bank over the airwaves, then wave the phone over a cash register.’
    • ‘It's the first time I'm being let loose on the airwaves as a presenter!’
    • ‘With the terrestrial giants in decline, cable and satellite look set to rule the airwaves for some time to come.’
    • ‘The government could then sell off the airwaves to mobile phone companies.’
    • ‘In fact, given their power back, Americans might be more vigilant in policing the airwaves.’
    • ‘This week Ali is shopping the song around to Alberta radio stations hoping it will hit the airwaves.’
    • ‘Young broadcasters hit the airwaves this week after the launch of their school's radio station.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, the phone and the router are in competition for the same airwaves.’