Definition of television in English:

television

Pronunciation /tɛlɪˈvɪʒ(ə)n//ˈtɛlɪvɪʒ(ə)n/

noun

  • 1mass noun A system for converting visual images (with sound) into electrical signals, transmitting them by radio or other means, and displaying them electronically on a screen.

    ‘the days before television’
    as modifier ‘a television camera’
    • ‘Datacasting pushes data over the airwaves or other media alongside television, radio or other signals.’
    • ‘Radio and television signals are captured using antennae close to the size of the wavelength of broadcast radiation.’
    • ‘It takes the play-by-play nature of radio and television and converges it online.’
    • ‘Similarly, radio and television signals were designed to be relayed to a single wire even if part of their passage was wireless.’
    • ‘The new campaign goes live across television, radio and online.’
    • ‘It was the only form of communication, as no radio or telephone, television, video or film existed then.’
    • ‘Safety will be a key issue with a security kiosk and gates backed up by a swipe card entry system, as well as closed circuit television cameras.’
    • ‘However, like its print and television counterparts, radio is undergoing rapid change.’
    • ‘Method of transmitting radio and television signals that promises better-quality picture and sound, and a wider choice of channels.’
    • ‘Analog closed circuit television systems require that video tapes be changed daily or at least every other day.’
    • ‘They will also be pre-wired for surround sound music systems and television.’
    • ‘The moment will be beamed by satellite transmission to television and radio stations around the world.’
    • ‘It is also in the forefront of the drive to transmit television via broadband.’
    • ‘From there it was a small step to radio and eventually television.’
    • ‘The tower has a restaurant, radio and television transmitter and more.’
    • ‘By analogy, that term came to be applied to transmitting radio or television signals over a wide area.’
    • ‘The steam printing press, telegraph, radio and television have all revolutionized media in some way or another.’
    • ‘Until 1976, the radio and television system was also fully state controlled.’
    1. 1.1 The activity, profession, or medium of broadcasting on television.
      ‘she has a job in television’
      as modifier ‘television news’
      • ‘A series of television adverts will be broadcast as part of the Full Stop campaign, which aims to challenge and change attitudes to children.’
      • ‘For years, advertisers have been growing increasingly unhappy with television as an advertising medium.’
      • ‘Our news columns and television broadcasts fail consistently to reflect this diversity.’
      • ‘Both candidates agreed to use the evolving medium of television as a venue for the customary leaders' debate.’
      • ‘We've invested heavily in our team in the city and now have two television reporters and a radio reporter based there.’
      • ‘Audiences for broadcast television news are suffering a downward flutter.’
      • ‘Moreover, television is an adversarial medium that reports politics through the prism of personal conflict.’
      • ‘And how we can better understand each other through this great medium we have called television.’
      • ‘The television advertisements will be broadcast over a five week period.’
      • ‘The same could be said of the rapid response medium of television news - viewers are now used to seeing human destruction as it happens.’
      • ‘The new party television broadcasts were helping them make up their mind.’
      • ‘Print, radio and television surround us with negative images.’
      • ‘Greek television broke into programs to report developments.’
      • ‘The first was the rise of television, a centralizing medium that invited such journalism.’
      • ‘I used to say that television was the best medium ever invented for showing old films late into the night.’
      • ‘By 1952 the conventions were designed for the visual medium of television.’
      • ‘Yes, we are living in a truly stunning period of creative activity in television.’
      • ‘The medium of television has only increased the power of sports to be a shared experience among a disparate population.’
      • ‘Men dominate the production and programming side of television too.’
      • ‘Soon after the paper's publication, British television aired a program on the whooping cough vaccine.’
    2. 1.2 Television programmes.
      ‘Dan was sitting on the settee watching television’
      ‘Norman was on television yesterday’
      • ‘Most television, particularly network programs, has gone from vast wasteland to empty universe.’
      • ‘You can't keep sitting on the sofa all day, watching daytime television and eating chocolate chip cookies.’
      • ‘She lay on her mother's sofa, watching television and eating chocolates, then had a Chinese takeaway in the evening.’
      • ‘Before the interview, Depp had been watching cable television in the next room.’
      • ‘I'm home today, just lying here, watching daytime television and surfing.’
      • ‘I'm not cut out to spend evenings on the sofa watching television and going to bed early.’
      • ‘I thought very little of it as I got out of the bath, as I wrapped myself in dressing gown, as I walked through the house and lay down on the sofa to watch television.’
      • ‘Folks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are watching daytime television.’
  • 2A device with a screen for receiving television signals.

    ‘a colour television’
    ‘she turned the television up’
    • ‘The game was being shown on two big screens and five televisions in the pub.’
    • ‘His school benefited by receiving a television set as a prize.’
    • ‘They have made provision by buying big screen televisions for spectators.’
    • ‘One of the decoder's signals can in fact be accessed by televisions in any room in my home.’
    • ‘If there was a release that would benefit from widescreen televisions, this would be it.’
    • ‘The television set, and what one is able to offer has changed dramatically since they first became available.’
    • ‘Coming soon are high-brightness displays for computer screens and televisions.’
    • ‘Local dealers have retuned televisions for their clients to receive the channel.’
    • ‘A decoder box fitted to the television set would deliver 200 or more pay channels.’
    • ‘He admits that it can sometimes be difficult to tear his teenage boys away from their computer games and bedroom televisions.’
    • ‘Drinks machines, televisions and magazines are all necessities in a modern launderette.’
    • ‘At the moment, flat screen televisions are still the sort of thing that only corporate money can buy.’
    • ‘Monitors and televisions rely on our inability to discern detail at the pixel level.’
    • ‘Each side of the room had three televisions at various points, suspended from the ceiling, with a seventh at the end.’
    • ‘This includes such items as telephones, radios, televisions and recording devices.’
    • ‘The community received a satellite dish, a digital satellite decoder and a television set.’
    • ‘As always, the sale of colour televisions are all set to go up, as the tournament approaches.’
    • ‘Normally, the sale of colour televisions soar every time there is some major sporting event.’
    • ‘The race will be shown on big screens and televisions around the grounds.’
    • ‘They tend to sit in front of televisions and computer screens for hours on end.’
    tv, television set
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Origin

Early 20th century: from tele- ‘at a distance’ + vision.

Pronunciation

television

/tɛlɪˈvɪʒ(ə)n//ˈtɛlɪvɪʒ(ə)n/