Definition of television in English:


Syllabification: tel·e·vi·sion
Pronunciation: /ˈteləˌviZHən


  • 1A system for transmitting visual images and sound that are reproduced on screens, chiefly used to broadcast programs for entertainment, information, and education.
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    • Method of transmitting radio and television signals that promises better-quality picture and sound, and a wider choice of channels.
    • By analogy, that term came to be applied to transmitting radio or television signals over a wide area.
    • Analog closed circuit television systems require that video tapes be changed daily or at least every other day.
  • 1.1The activity, profession, or medium of broadcasting on television: neither of my children showed the merest inclination to follow me into television [as modifier]: television news
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    • Our news columns and television broadcasts fail consistently to reflect this diversity.
    • Audiences for broadcast television news are suffering a downward flutter.
    • The same could be said of the rapid response medium of television news - viewers are now used to seeing human destruction as it happens.
  • 1.2Television programs: Dan was sitting on the sofa watching television
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    • I'm not cut out to spend evenings on the sofa watching television and going to bed early.
    • Most television, particularly network programs, has gone from vast wasteland to empty universe.
    • 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.


on (the) television

Being broadcast by television; appearing in a television program: Norman was on television yesterday


early 20th century: from tele- 'at a distance' + vision.

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