Definition of television in US English:

television

noun

  • 1A system for transmitting visual images and sound that are reproduced on screens, chiefly used to broadcast programs for entertainment, information, and education.

    • ‘Similarly, radio and television signals were designed to be relayed to a single wire even if part of their passage was wireless.’
    • ‘The tower has a restaurant, radio and television transmitter and more.’
    • ‘Until 1976, the radio and television system was also fully state controlled.’
    • ‘By analogy, that term came to be applied to transmitting radio or television signals over a wide area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Analog closed circuit television systems require that video tapes be changed daily or at least every other day.’
    • ‘Datacasting pushes data over the airwaves or other media alongside television, radio or other signals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Method of transmitting radio and television signals that promises better-quality picture and sound, and a wider choice of channels.’
    • ‘The moment will be beamed by satellite transmission to television and radio stations around the world.’
    • ‘They will also be pre-wired for surround sound music systems and television.’
    • ‘The steam printing press, telegraph, radio and television have all revolutionized media in some way or another.’
    • ‘Radio and television signals are captured using antennae close to the size of the wavelength of broadcast radiation.’
    • ‘The new campaign goes live across television, radio and online.’
    • ‘However, like its print and television counterparts, radio is undergoing rapid change.’
    • ‘It was the only form of communication, as no radio or telephone, television, video or film existed then.’
    • ‘It takes the play-by-play nature of radio and television and converges it online.’
    1. 1.1 The activity, profession, or medium of broadcasting on television.
      as modifier ‘television news’
      ‘neither of my children showed the merest inclination to follow me into television’
      • ‘Audiences for broadcast television news are suffering a downward flutter.’
      • ‘We've invested heavily in our team in the city and now have two television reporters and a radio reporter based there.’
      • ‘For years, advertisers have been growing increasingly unhappy with television as an advertising medium.’
      • ‘The television advertisements will be broadcast over a five week period.’
      • ‘The first was the rise of television, a centralizing medium that invited such journalism.’
      • ‘A series of television adverts will be broadcast as part of the Full Stop campaign, which aims to challenge and change attitudes to children.’
      • ‘And how we can better understand each other through this great medium we have called television.’
      • ‘I used to say that television was the best medium ever invented for showing old films late into the night.’
      • ‘The same could be said of the rapid response medium of television news - viewers are now used to seeing human destruction as it happens.’
      • ‘Yes, we are living in a truly stunning period of creative activity in television.’
      • ‘Men dominate the production and programming side of television too.’
      • ‘By 1952 the conventions were designed for the visual medium of television.’
      • ‘Soon after the paper's publication, British television aired a program on the whooping cough vaccine.’
      • ‘Greek television broke into programs to report developments.’
      • ‘Both candidates agreed to use the evolving medium of television as a venue for the customary leaders' debate.’
      • ‘The medium of television has only increased the power of sports to be a shared experience among a disparate population.’
      • ‘Moreover, television is an adversarial medium that reports politics through the prism of personal conflict.’
      • ‘Print, radio and television surround us with negative images.’
      • ‘The new party television broadcasts were helping them make up their mind.’
      • ‘Our news columns and television broadcasts fail consistently to reflect this diversity.’
    2. 1.2 Television programs.
      ‘Dan was sitting on the sofa watching television’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She lay on her mother's sofa, watching television and eating chocolates, then had a Chinese takeaway in the evening.’
      • ‘You can't keep sitting on the sofa all day, watching daytime television and eating chocolate chip cookies.’
      • ‘Folks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are watching daytime television.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Before the interview, Depp had been watching cable television in the next room.’
      • ‘Most television, particularly network programs, has gone from vast wasteland to empty universe.’
  • 2A device that receives television signals and reproduces them on a screen.

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

  • on (the) television

    • Being broadcast by television; appearing in a television program.

      ‘Norman was on television yesterday’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

television

/ˈtɛləˌvɪʒən//ˈteləˌviZHən/