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Either of a pair of long, thin sensory appendages on the heads of insects, crustaceans, and some other arthropods.
antenna, tentacle, hornView synonyms
- ‘The only appendages that all crustaceans have in common is two pairs of antennae.’
- ‘It was a female, as evidenced by its plump, rounded abdomen and thin antennae.’
- ‘Lurking in these holes, the ants grab the legs and antennae of unsuspecting insects.’
- ‘In these fossils, detail of legs, antennae, wings, and even small body hairs are preserved.’
- ‘Without claws, spiny lobsters use their antennae to fend off predators.’
- 1.1antennae The faculty of instinctively detecting and interpreting subtle signs.‘he has the political antennae of a party whip’
- ‘I'd trust politicians, who, whatever their faults, have finely tuned antennae for the flow of events.’
- ‘None of that will have escaped the acute political antennae of the member for Airdrie and Shotts, John Reid, the home secretary.’
- ‘Rusk insists they'd never have such acute antennae for the cutting edge without his wife Louise's talent for creating new looks.’
- ‘Though social barriers may have been lowered, our social antennae have not.’
- ‘But Melissa writes for the Guardian, and Guardian writers have different sensual antennae to the rest of us.’
- ‘Peter Stringer has occasionally been charged with a lack of extravagance behind the scrum, but his antennae are never down.’
- ‘And all the folks who have antennae for political magic are all a-twitter over him.’
- ‘They can suss out a person and have a natural antennae.’
- ‘Aware of all this, Campbell's antennae were not tuned in.’
- ‘But it is where the government has rushed, unprepared, political antennae wobbling, that it has fallen into error.’
- ‘You'd think he'd have known better, maybe would have had antennae for this.’
- ‘The subliminal message would have registered on the sensitive antennae of bible belt America, while agnostics would have noticed nothing.’
- ‘Abu Mustafa, whose antennae were particularly sensitive, said he didn't think it was a wonderful idea.’
- ‘And while he has the political antennae to know what was being said about him, he has long given the impression that he doesn't give a damn.’
- ‘He possessed both an indomitable will and supersensitive antennae attuned to the political airways.’
- ‘In each case he has used his considerable speaking abilities and his acute political antennae to confront the allegations head on.’
- ‘His antennae are sharply attuned to such shifts.’
- ‘The ignorant president who reputedly cares nothing for the sensitivities of other cultures is shown to have diplomatic antennae.’
2"( plural antennas ) "North American technical A rod, wire, or other device used to transmit or receive radio or television signals.
- ‘It's a touch ugly, to be honest, with three external antennas on top of a small grey box.’
- ‘Moments later, automatic commands deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas.’
- ‘Radio tags on the market use bulky external antennas and cost about 30 cents and up.’
- ‘The plan was to build local telecommunications networks using antennas on customer buildings.’
- ‘To this day, Russian spacecraft tend to use separate antennas for each communications function.’
- ‘The interference involves a number of television antennas often used on boats.’
- ‘With the hilly terrain between the two antennas, the signal would encounter severe attenuation.’
- ‘Those antennas are used as part of the U.S. Coast Guard communication system and have been for years.’
- ‘Scaled down versions might serve as antennas for communications systems.’
- ‘We suppose they are radio antennas beaming away their signal into the low grey sky.’
- ‘Of course, all radios and antennas should be tuned for their best performance.’
- ‘Avoid contact with power lines connected to the house and with television antennas.’
- ‘Installation of the antennas and their associated cabling took about two hours.’
- ‘We need agile radios whose antennas can point to other agile radios and not spread radio waves in every direction.’
- ‘A closer look reveals unusual devices on its roof - satellite antennas to receive signals from space.’
- ‘And on the roof there was a red and blue light bar with a whole slew of antennas sticking out from the top.’
- ‘Their mission changed from checking radios to checking the mounts and antennas.’
- ‘Dish antennas now receive more than fifty television channels via satellite signals.’
- ‘There were no cable lines connected to the house, no antennas mounted on the roof, and no satellite in the yard.’
- ‘Wireless calls can be received by a number of different antennas miles away from the caller.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, alteration of antemna yard (of a ship), used in the plural to translate Greek keraioi horns (of insects) used by Aristotle.
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