a. An electronic broadcast system in which special providers transmit a continuous program of video content to the public or subscribers by way of antenna, cable, or satellite dish, often on multiple channels: a new sitcom on television.
b. Video content, especially short programs, created for or distributed through such a system: stayed home and watched television.
c. An electronic device for viewing television programs and movies, consisting of a display screen and speakers: sat too close to the television.
2. The industry of producing and broadcasting television programs: made her fortune in television.
[French télévision : télé-, far (from Greek tēle-, tele-) + vision, vision; see VISION.]
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