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superheterodyne Line breaks: super|het¦ero|dyne
Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈhɛt(ə)rə(ʊ)dʌɪn/

Definition of superheterodyne in English:


Denoting or using a system of radio and television reception in which the receiver produces a tunable signal which is combined with the incoming signal to produce a predetermined intermediate frequency, on which most of the amplification is formed.
Example sentences
  • The Lockheed Martin AN / ALR - 56M radar warning receiver is a superheterodyne receiver operating in the 2-20GHz band.


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A superheterodyne receiver.
Example sentences
  • Both radios are similar in design - five - tube superheterodynes with both broadcast and shortwave tuning.
  • Its quality stood behind the commercial superheterodynes which were produced for marine and navy applications ten years ago.
  • The public was not so receptive since superheterodynes were complicated devices requiring many controls, as well as lots of tubes and batteries.


1920s: from supersonic + heterodyne.

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