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ANTENNA (antennae)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does antenna mean? 

ANTENNA (noun)
  The noun ANTENNA has 3 senses:

1. an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals
2. sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ
3. one of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste

  Familiarity information: ANTENNA used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTENNA (noun)


Sense 1antenna [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

antenna; transmitting aerial; aerial

Hypernyms ("antenna" is a kind of...):

electrical device (a device that produces or is powered by electricity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antenna"):

dipole; dipole antenna (an aerial half a wavelength long consisting of two rods connected to a transmission line at the center)

directional antenna (an antenna that transmits or receives signals only in a narrow angle)

nondirectional antenna; omnidirectional antenna (an antenna that sends or receives signals equally in all directions)

Holonyms ("antenna" is a part of...):

receiver; receiving system (set that receives radio or tv signals)

sender; transmitter (set used to broadcast radio or tv signals)


Sense 2antenna [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

antenna; feeler

Context example:

he had a special antenna for public relations

Hypernyms ("antenna" is a kind of...):

sensitiveness; sensitivity (the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment)


Sense 3antenna [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

feeler; antenna

Hypernyms ("antenna" is a kind of...):

tentacle (any of various elongated tactile or prehensile flexible organs that occur on the head or near the mouth in many animals; used for feeling or grasping or locomotion)


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