Meaning of ANTENNA in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ an-ˈte-nə ]


( plural an·ten·nae -(ˌ)nē ; 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 -ˈte-n ə l adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.