Meaning of ANTENNA in English


/ ænˈtenə; NAmE / noun


( pl. an·ten·nae / -niː; NAmE /) either of the two long thin parts on the heads of some insects and some animals that live in shells, used to feel and touch things with

SYN feeler : ( figurative )

The minister was praised for his acute political antennae (= ability to understand complicated political situations) .

—picture at prawn


( pl. an·ten·nas or an·ten·nae ) ( especially NAmE ) = aerial :

radio antennas



mid 17th cent.: from Latin , alteration of antemna yard (of a ship), used in the plural to translate Greek keraioi horns (of insects), used by Aristotle.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.