General English

General Science

  • noun a device which can receive modulated video signals via a cable or broadcast signals via an aerial and display images on a cathode ray tube screen together with sound.


  • noun a device which can receive modulated video signals from a computer or broadcast signals with an aerial and display images on a CRT screen with sound.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a system of transmitting pictures and sound over a distance so that they can be received and seen on a television set
  • noun a device for receiving and displaying broadcast television programmes

Media Studies

  • noun an electronic device for receiving and reproducing the images and sounds of a combined audio and video signal.
  • noun a system of capturing images and sounds, broadcasting them via a combined electronic audio and video signal, and reproducing them to be viewed and listened to.
  • noun the image, sound or content of a combined audio and video broadcast
  • noun the industry concerned with making and broadcasting programmes combining images and sounds


  • noun the pictures broadcast in this way

Origin & History of “television”

Television means etymologically ‘far vision’. Its first element, tele-, comes from Greek tḗle ‘far off’, a descendant of the same base as télos ‘end’ (source of English talisman and teleology). other English compounds formed from it include telegraph (18th c.), telegram (19th c.), telepathy (19th c.) (etymologically ‘far feeling’, coined by the psychologist Frederic Myers in 1882), telephone (19th c.), telescope (17th c.) (a word of Italian origin), and telex (20th c.) (a blend of teleprinter and exchange). Television itself was coined in French, and was borrowed into English in 1907. Of its abbreviations, telly dates from about 1940, TV from 1948.