General English


  • A concave reflecting surface with a paraboloid shape, which concentrates waves into a parallel beam. Used, for instance, in dish antennas.
  • An antenna incorporating a dish (1). Such an antenna features very high gain, usually operates at microwave frequencies, and has various applications, including its use in satellite communications and in radar. The driven element of a dish antenna is located at the focal point of its dish reflector. Also called dish antenna, parabolic antenna, paraboloid antenna, or paraboloidal antenna.


  • noun a part of a meal, or a plate of prepared food

Media Studies

  • noun a satellite dish, or a vehicle transporting one on an outside broadcast


  • noun a shallow open container


  • noun gossip. From the phrase dish the dirt.
  • verb to defeat, destroy or ruin. The original sense of this British term of the 18th century was to swindle, deceive or make a fool of. The image behind the expression was probably that of ‘serving up’ something (or someone) that has been well and truly ‘processed’, exploited, etc.

Origin & History of “dish”

Like dais, desk, and disc, dish comes ultimately from Greek dískos ‘quoit’. As their diversity of form and meaning suggests, they were acquired at various times and by various routes. English got dish around 700 ad from Latin discus, in which the original meaning ‘quoit’ had been extended metaphorically to ‘tray, platter, dish’ on the basis of the semantic features ‘roundness’ and ‘flatness’.