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Definition of antenna noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    antenna

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ænˈtenə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ænˈtenə//
     
    Radio technology, Watching TV, Parts of animals, Devices
     
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  1. 1 (pl. antennae
    BrE BrE//ænˈteniː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ænˈteniː//
     
    )
    either of the two long thin parts on the heads of some insects and some animals that live in shells, used to feel and touch things with synonym feeler (figurative) The minister was praised for his acute political antennae (= ability to understand complicated political situations). See related entries: Parts of animals
  2. 2(antennas, antennae) (especially North American English) (usually British English aerial) a piece of equipment made of wire or long straight pieces of metal for receiving or sending radio and television signals radio antennas They installed a dish antenna on the roof. See related entries: Radio technology, Watching TV, Devices
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin, alteration of antemna ‘yard’ (of a ship), used in the plural to translate Greek keraioi ‘horns (of insects)’, used by Aristotle.
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