Meaning of ANTENNA in English



Pronunciation: an- ' te-n ə

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -nae \ -( ˌ )n ē \ or -nas

Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Latin, sail yard

Date: 1646

1 plural -nae : one of a pair of slender movable segmented sensory organs on the head of insects, myriapods, and crustaceans ― see INSECT illustration

2 : a usually metallic device (as a rod or wire) for radiating or receiving radio waves

3 antennae plural : a special sensitivity or receptiveness <his political antennae proved to be shrewder than ever ― Erich Segal>

– an · ten · nal \ - ' te-n ə l \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.