• noun: an electronic system of sending images and sounds by a wire or through space
  • noun: an electronic system of transmitting transient images of fixed or moving objects together with sound over a wire or through space by apparatus that converts light and sound into electrical waves and reconverts them into visible light rays and audible sound
  • synonyms: shit box, tube, plebvision


  • There's nothing 'on television' right now. [=there are no programs that I would like to watch now]

  • I recognize your face. Are you 'on television'? [=do you appear in a television program?]

  • What is 'on the television' [='on TV', ('chiefly Brit') 'on (the) telly'] tonight?

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) Yes. Turn on CBS right now, Andy. Right now. You have a TV there? - Yes. Now? - Right now! Turn on the television set. We interrupt this program to bring you a special bulletin from CBS News. Give 'em two minutes. Stand right there. We're ready. This is an unlawful assembly. (..)
    2014 Selma
  • (..) what he's asking for and soon. Do you know what he has said about us in the past, Coretta? He called us "ignorant Negro preachers." Called me a modern day Uncle Tom. Said on national television that the white man pays me to keep Negroes defenseless. The white man pays me! How could you allow it? (..)
    2014 Selma